Eastern Waterfront Open Space Planning


The City of Portland has begun a process to plan for the future of Portland's eastern waterfront open spaces. A group of local volunteers and design professionals recently created a concept, Portland Harbor Common, for an area of approximately 10 acres in size located between the Maine State Pier and the former Portland Company site (now Portland Foreside). That concept is intended not as a design or a detailed program, but as a tool to begin to reimagine how we make use of the water's edge for all. This work builds on years of planning initiatives and community input on the Eastern Waterfront, including visualizing different uses for these valuable pieces of the water's edge. 

The Planning & Urban Development Department, in conjunction with other City departments, hosted an initial presentation and Q&A session via zoom on June 15, to kick off the process. Below is a link to the full Portland Harbor Common presentation, as well as information on the anticipated first phase.

210525_Portland Commons Diagram_DRAFT


The concept plan above illustrates the prospective conversion of a portion of the Eastern Waterfront, located between the Maine State Pier and the Ocean gateway terminal, to public open space. The area in focus is currently paved surface parking, which was implemented after the lot was no longer required for international ferry queuing. The concept for Phase I is careful to reserve functional areas to the east and west of the property for the operational needs of the Maine State Pier and Ocean Gateway, while also providing new open space at the water's edge. 


Phase I existing conditions

Watch this space for event updates and ways to be involved! 

Questions or comments, please contact planning@portlandmaine.gov

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