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Posted on: August 21, 2014

Public Workshop on State and High Streets Conversion to Take Place September 8

A workshop to provide the public with information on a recently launched study to evaluate the effects of re-introducing two-way traffic flow on State and High Streets will take place at the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall on Monday, September 8 startin...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2014

Healthy Portland Presents "Health on the Hill" Block Party this Friday

Healthy Portland, a Program of the City of Portland’s Health and Human Services Department, Public Health Division and a local Healthy Maine Partnership, will host a neighborhood block party on August 22, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The free event, cal...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2014

Traffic Update: WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival This Saturday

WCSH6 is organizing the 49th Annual WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival along Congress Street sidewalks from High Street to Elm Street on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from approximately 9AM - 4PM. The rain date is Sunday, August 24, 2014. The events are free and ope...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

Portland City Manager Announces Resignation

Portland City Manager Mark Rees announced his resignation today to the Mayor, City Council, and City staff. Citing the wish to pursue other opportunities, both professional and personal, Mr. Rees tendered his resignation to be effective Wednesday, Septemb...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2014

Traffic Update: Paving Work Scheduled for Deering Avenue Next Week

The City of Portland would like to inform motorists that paving prep work is scheduled for Deering Avenue between Park Avenue and Brighton Avenue for Monday, August 18, 2014. Paving is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Work is scheduled to occu...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2014

Finance Committee to Discuss Stormwater Service Charge Proposal at August 21st Meeting

Members of the Finance Committee will listen to and evaluate a proposal for a new Stormwater Service Charge at its August 21, 2014 meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at City Hall in Room 209.

The proposed stormwater service charge is about val...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2014

Applications Now Available for Self Defense Program

The Portland Police Department is pleased to announce that it is currently taking applications for the September 2014 session of the Basic R.A.D. program (Rape Aggression Defense). RAD is a comprehensive international self defense program for woman and gi...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Nomination Papers Still Available for Several Open Municipal Seats

Portland residents who are seeking an opportunity to serve the City are listed below. Several municipal seats are open for this November's election. If this is something you are interested in, nomination papers are still available in the City Clerk's office. The deadline for turning papers in is August 25, 2014 by 4:30 P.MRead on...

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Posted on: July 30, 2014

City Chips Away at Island Wildfire Risk

Next week, August 4th - August 8th, the Maine Forest Service in partnership with the City of Portland’s Fire Department and Department of Public Services will begin work on Portland’s coastal islands by removing potential wildfire risks through the Defens...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2014

Portland ConnectED Hosts Summer Success Picnics to Celebrate a Summer of Healthy Food & Learning

Building on June 20th’s National Summer Learning Day kickoff, two back-to-back Portland “Summer Success Picnics” this week will offer free music, food, games, activities, and books to all children under 18, who are welcome to bring their family and caregi...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Portland Launches Citywide Open Spaces Assessment & Comprehensive Planning Initiative

The City of Portland, The Trust for Public Land, and Portland Trails announced today that they are joining forces to launch a citywide open spaces assessment and comprehensive planning initiative that will engage interested organizations and residents in achieving a holistic vision for a system of fully functional open spaces, green spaces, city parks, gardens, and trails, used by residents and tourists alike, that contribute to Portland being a 21st century world-class city. To support the public engagement process that is necessary to achieve an inclusive vision, Portland Trails announced that it was recently awarded an $18,000 grant by the Lerner Foundation.

“I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and Portland Trails for partnering with us on this effort as we know how important open spaces are in sustaining great communities,” said City Manager Mark Rees. “City parks are a tremendous asset and contribute significantly to the quality of life we enjoy in Portland, but this effort will go beyond that by looking at ways in which we can improve our parks and open spaces and sustain them into the future. Additionally, I’m pleased that several of the expected outcomes directly respond to the Council’s 2014 Common Goals.”

In March, 2014, the City of Portland requested technical assistance from The Trust for Public Land – a leading national nonprofit land conservation organization – related to the accomplishment of specific tasks geared toward supporting a vision and a plan for the City’s open spaces and parks. These tasks include building a set of community open space goals and GIS based visualization tools to be used as a common basis for understanding what the city has today for parks, open spaces, gardens, and other publicly owned land. Outcomes will also include the development of an assessment tool (with public input) to look across city owned land and help guide decisions about which spaces may need more recreational facilities, trails, space to grow food, public art, additional protections and which are better suited to develop, how to improve park quality and access, and an assessment of resource needs.

The proposed work also includes The Trust for Public Land providing its expertise to identify options for sustainable funding. At the same time, Portland Trails applied for, and was granted, funding through the Lerner Foundation for the creation of a community wide vision for Portland’s open spaces. The Trust for Public Land and Portland Trails will work together with City staff on this project, with Portland Trails utilizing its grant funding to conduct the community engagement portion of the vision and planning process.

"We're delighted to work with the City, and Portland Trails, and glad that they sought out our technical expertise and recommendations,” said Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director for the Trust for Public Land. “There are a wealth of open space assets in this community in addition to our city's parks, trails and gardens, particularly the dozens of dedicated local stakeholders and stewards who care about these spaces deeply. We are honored to work on behalf of these existing assets and stakeholders, along with other open space lovers in Portland, to build consensus on a collective future open space vision for Portland as a community."

The group will work to undertake feasibility research, conduct a public opinion survey, and develop strategies for consideration. This process will also include a review of existing relevant master plan documents. The group realizes that it is not possible to achieve its goals without the alignment of the various interested parties, constituencies and open space initiatives to ensure there is cross communication and collaboration with the existing City of Portland Parks Commission, the Land Bank, and City staff.

“We are excited for the opportunity that the Lerner Foundation grant presents to us and we’re eager to begin the public engagement process,” said Kara Wooldrik, Executive Director of Portland Trails. “We will facilitate a series of public meetings, beginning in the fall, aimed at developing a community wide open spaces vision that will set the course for Portland’s future.”

About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at

About Portland Trails
Portland Trails has nearly 70 miles of trails in and around Portland, including Back Cove, Fore River Sanctuary, the Stroudwater and Presumpscot Rivers, East End and Bayside Trails. Each year more trails are connecting hikers, cyclists, and runners to Greater Portland. Since 1991, Portland Trails has turned abandoned city lots and tracts of land that have been donated to the land trust into places to discover wildlife, exercise, and enjoy a peaceful respite in the city. Learn more at www.trails.orgRead on...

Posted on: July 8, 2014

Municipal Nomination Papers Now Available in Clerk's Office

Nomination papers are now available at the City Clerks office for the following seats:
City Council - District 4, District 5
School Board - District 4, District 5, At-large
Peaks Island Council
For me information go to:

November Municipal Election
Posted on: June 30, 2014

Traffic Calming Measures Coming to Libbytown & Rosemont Neighborhoods

The City of Portland recently outlined a plan to introduce traffic calming measures to ten streets between Congress Street and Brighton Avenue in the Libbytown and Rosemont neighborhoods. The $335,000 project is an effort to calm traffic on these neighbor...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Free Concerts in City Parks this Summer!

The City of Portland once again is pleased to partner with its sponsor organizations to announce the lineup for this year’s Summer in the Parks Concerts series. The concerts will be held throughout the city in July and August. All concerts are free!

Vi...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Kiwanis Pool Opens Monday, June 23, 2014

On Monday, June 23rd, the Kiwanis Pool opens to the community for ten weeks during the summer. Swim classes are scheduled to begin July 30. The pool’s open swim hours are seven days a week, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM, and Monday-Friday 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Adult lap...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Students Take Pledge to Prevent "Summer Slide"

Friday, June 20th is the last day of school, but that does not mean that learning, growth, and activity come to a stop. In fact, Friday, June 20th is also National Summer Learning Day, just the beginning of a coordinated city effort to keep students heal...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

City Council Adopts Zoning Changes to Encourage Infill Development & Housing Along Forest Ave

At its June 16 meeting, the Portland City Council adopted changes to the City’s zoning codes that will encourage infill development and housing along Forest Avenue. These changes come out of a City goal of producing more housing as well as the Transformin...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

2014 Cruise Season Underway in Portland

The 2014 cruise season is currently underway in Portland. The City’s port will host 74 cruise ship visits with more than 82,000 passengers between June and November. This season the city will also see five maiden voyages, an unprecedented number. Maiden v...Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2014

Portland Treasury Office Now Issues Vehicle Registration Plates

Effective May 7, 2014, the City of Portland is now able to issue automobile and trailer registration plates under the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' municipal registration program. Portland residents are now able to complete their initial registration at City Hall and receive new plates. Previously, for their first registration, Portland residents had to pay excise tax at City Hall, and then go to a BMV branch office to pay for their registration and plates.

BMV staff worked closely with staff in Portland's Treasury Office to make this happen. The City of Portland also participates in Rapid Renewal, the online service that makes it possible for residents to renew their motor vehicle registration and pay local excise tax in one simple transaction. For more information on the Rapid Renewal program, please click here.

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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Deering Oaks Ravine Opens This Weekend!

Looking for a place to cool off with the kids this weekend? Make a splash at the Deering Oaks Ravine, which will open for the season on Saturday, May 31. The Ravine features underground fountains and a wading pool and is a popular spot for families lookin...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2011

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

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Posted on: April 18, 2011

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