Baxter Woods

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Welcome to Mayor Baxter Woods

A 29 acre open space in the Deering Center neighborhood. This park features shady trails, majestic tall pines, 2 ponds, open meadows and an outdoor classroom. This nature preserve, in the heart of the city, is visited by thousands of walkers, runners and dog owners every year.

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History of Mayor Baxter Woods

The Park was formerly a woodland estate called 'Forest Home' in the nineteenth century. Mayor James Phinney Baxter purchased this land which had been an estate of Congressman Francis Ormond Smith in 1882. When Mayor Baxter passed, his son Governor Percival Baxter opened the woods to the public for recreational purposes.  It became known as Baxter Bird Sanctuary and several community groups developed nature trails. In April 1946 Governor Percival Baxter presented this 29 acres of woods to the people of Portland as a municipal forest to be known as 'Mayor Baxter Park' in honor of his father, former Portland Mayor James P. Baxter. The park is now dedicated as a municipal forest and sanctuary for wild birds. When Governor Baxter gifted the woods to the City in 1946, the deed stated that the woods “shall forever be kept in its natural wild state and as a sanctuary for wild birds….”

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Baxter Woods Ecological Assessment and Plan

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Location

555 Stevens Ave

Hours

6:30 AM to 10:00 PM

REST ROOMS

No

PARKING

Street

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

Contact Us

  1. PARKS OFFICE

    212 Canco Road, Ste A

    Portland, Maine 

    PH:207-808-5400

    parks@portlandmaine.gov      

    Office Hours

    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon- Fri  

    PARKS DIRECTOR

    Alex Marshall                

    CITY ARBORIST

    Jeff Tarling

    trees@portlandmaine.gov

    PARK RANGER

    Timothy Stephenson

    Office: 207-808-5454

    Ranger Cell: 207-232-3721


    DURING NON-WORKING HOURS

    CONTACT PUBLIC SAFETY

    (207) 874-8575


    The mission of Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is
    to enhance the quality of life through people, parks and programming
    while creating lasting memories for the citizens of Portland and its visitors. 


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