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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Leash Law Update

Leash Law Update

The City of Portland's Emergency Proclamation has been extended until January 4th 2021 by the City Council. Part of this order pertains to the City's Leash Laws.  It states that all provisions of the City Code permitting dogs to...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Fox Street Field is getting an improvement!

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Fox Street Field is getting a new improvement this fall and spring: a Futsal court will be installed on the south side of the field by the playground and North Boyd Street pedestrian path. Futsal is a five on five ball sport , similar to soccer, played on...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Registration is open for our Winter Futsal Program

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Sign up now for the 2021 Winter Futsal Program with Portland PAYSA and Portland Recreation! Program will run from Jan 13th 2021 - March 7th 2021 for children aged 5- 13. The program will consist of one hour of foot skills on Wednesdays at Riverton Communi...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

2020 Monument Square Tree LIVE CAM! - Tree to be Delivered Thursday, Nov. 19th

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Tree to be Delivered to Monument Square Thursday, November 19

New Tree Cam Streaming Live Now at:  www.portlandmaine.com/tree

 

PORTLAND, Maine -- Jeff Tarling, City of Portland Arborist, reports that this year’s tree – ...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Now offering Teen Lap Swim through Dec 11th 2020

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In light of the delayed start of high school swimming, we will be offering a teen lap swim program at Riverton Pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 11/16-12/11. The two time slots will be: 2:30-3:30 and 3:45-4:45pm. 12 swimmers total will ...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Fitzpatrick Stadium, Memorial Stadium and Athletic Fields Closed

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Due to updated CDC Community Sports Guidelines, Fitzpatrick Stadium, Memorial Stadium and Athletic Fields are closed until Dec 14th. 

The Maine CDC has updated the Community Sports Checklist which applies to community-based sports clubs, teams and...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Riverside Grill Now Open

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The Riverside Grill is open with limited service including the deck being open and beverage cart out on the course.  We are open with counter service which will be set up outside of the restaurant on the deck. You can order your food and drinks a...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Guidelines for Recreational Use of Cemeteries

CEMETERY GUIDELINE

During these stressful times, many people have sought out Evergreen and Forest City Cemeteries for exercise and fresh air. Utilizing cemeteries for quiet recreation is allowed by the City of Portland; however, we require your respectful consideration and ...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Now Hiring Seasonal and Full Time Parks Staff

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Join our team of professional park staff to care for our 66 parks, 30 playgrounds, 39 ballfields, 20,000 street trees, 10 community gardens, flower beds, trails, athletic facilities and winter recreation areas. Working in Parks makes our city and the worl...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Get out & EXPLORE what our wonderful parks in Portland have to offer!

Trail Map

The best way to find the trails, parks and open spaces near you is to use the City of Portland Park Finder Map and the Portland Trails Map. Did you know that close to 90% of Portlanders live within a 10 minute walk of a Park or Trail? During these times w...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Riverside Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Riverside Golf Course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Gene Pierotti, Golf Course Superintendent, completed the effort to obtain sanctuary...

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Posted on: October 21, 2020

The City of Portland partners with Red Cross for Blood Drive

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The City of Portland will be partnering with the American Red Cross once again for another Blood Drive at Ocean Gateway!!

Drive Date: Wednesday November 25th

Drive Times: 8 am to 1 pm

CLICK HERE to sign up at RedCrossBlood.org 

 

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

PARKS UPDATE

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Parks: Crews are starting to knock down all the meadows around the city in preparation for Winter. On top of mowing and litter removal there is a big push to fertilize and overseed open spaces in an effort to establish turf density and health leading up t...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Upcoming events presented by the Portland Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming PSO Events

The Portland Symphony Orchestra is kicking off their season virtually with a presentation of:

Recomposed – The Four Seasons

Celebrate the start of Autumn with a gorgeous reimagining of Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons by mode...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 20, 2020

New Playground at the Riverton Community Center / Talbot Community School

Riverton Community Center Playground

The newest playground for Portland has just completed its third week of use! The Riverton community and the Talbot Community School have been working with Parks and Recreation and a host of local supporters to build Portland's first inclusive pla...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Register now for Portland Recreation Basketball Programs

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Registration is now open for the four week 4th and 5th Grade skills & drills mini clinics and the Gallagher (K- 3rd Grade) League. You can register online here, or visit our webpage for more information on registering for these fun filled, exciting Ba...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Come Make a Splash with Therapeutic Recreation

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The City of Portland’s Therapeutic Recreation Services program provides therapeutic and adapted aquatics lessons for individuals with disabilities across the life span. Pool programs are conducted at the Reiche Pool, located in the Reiche School...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Check out our Fall Aquatic Offerings!

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, how about heading back to the indoor pool?

Our next session of youth swim lessons begins on October 29th. 

FALL AQUATICS SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SWIM LESSONS

Can't make it work during the listed les...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Western Promenade- Valley Street Switchback Improvements

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This month we expect to wrap up work on trail improvements to the lower asphalt path system in the Western Promenade. The area in focus is a lower portion of the asphalt trail path that connects the Gilman Street Neighborhood and service areas of Maine Me...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

"TAKE A HIKE" Weekend, Oct 16-18th was a success!

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As part of “TAKE A HIKE” Weekend, October 16-18, Portland Parks & Recreation joined MRPA to promote getting outside this fall and a chance to win a new bike! 

All you had to do was take a walk along our GREEN and/or BLUE TR...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

City of Portland receives a $10,000 Donation for Organic Practices at Fox Field!

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On Monday, September 21st, the City of Portland received a check for $10,000 from Stonyfield Farm and Hannaford to apply Organic Practices to Fox Field. Stonyfield donated $5,000 and Hannaford generously matched that amount. Fox Field is one of the City&a...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Native Plants Coming to Franklin Street Meadow

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Remember that football-field-sized black tarp covering a field in the center of Franklin Street, between Congress and Cumberland? It was unveiled today and the City’s horticulture staff will begin a transformation from lawn to urban meadow that ...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Council Approves New Leash Rules for Baxter Woods

COUNCIL NEWS

On October 5, 2020, the City Council approved new leash rules for Baxter Woods. The full leash rules for all City properties can be found in Chapter 5 of the City Code.

After two years of public discussion at the Parks Commission, the Sustainability and Tr...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: September 29, 2020

The Parks Division is hiring Seasonal Full-Time Groundskeepers

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Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department- Parks Division is hiring Seasonal Full-Time Groundskeepers 

May through November, Full-Time Schedule (40 hours/week). Responsibilities include trail maintenance, mowing (push and riding mowers), trimmin...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Great Black Hawk Sculpture Unveiled at Deering Oaks

South American Black Hawk at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME

In late 2018/early 2019, Deering Oaks hosted a unique visitor, a juvenile Great Black Hawk native to Central & South America.  Recognized as the “Craziest Vagrant of 2019” by the American Birding Association, seeing the GB...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Status of Parks & Rec Facilities & Open Spaces During COVID-19

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Please see this new map that shows the current status of our Parks & Rec facilities and open spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outdoor exercise is allowed during the Stay at Home emergency order, but it is recommended that you not drive fa...

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