"A Walk In The Park" Tour and Lecture Series

Join Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department for "A Walk In The Park", a new monthly series of walks and talks in Portland's Parks.  Park Historians, Naturalists, and Park Staff will lead a series of lectures, walks and bike rides in Portland's Parks and Open Spaces to share the rich history and significance of these urban green spaces.
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Topic: Portland Parks, Past and Present
Presenter: Jeff Tarling, Portland City Arborist, Ethan Hipple, Parks Director
Location: Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier
Time and Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 7:00pm--8:30pm

Description: Join Portland Parks staff for a slideshow of Portland’s Parks, past and present. Utilizing vintage photos from the parks archives, attendees will see the evolution of these vital public spaces. In some cases, the spaces were preserved as parks before they were fully developed (such as the Eastern Prom), while in other cases, public spaces have undergone multiple stages of development before reaching their current status as a park. For instance, what is now Congress Square Park was once a boarding house, then a bustling Walgreens soda fountain, then a Dunkin Donuts that was a magnet for illicit activity and prostitution, then finally taken by eminent domain to become a public square in the 1980’s. On the other hand, the Western Prom was preserved as a park while much of the surrounding land was still agricultural or vacant, and today staff are working to restore some of the historic views there. This slideshow will tell many of these evolving stories as we explore through the ages to see the Portland of past and present.


Topic: Oat Nuts Park Snowshoe or Walk to Presumpscot Falls
Presenter: Jeff Tarling, Portland City Arborist; Ethan Hipple, Parks Director; Jill Mulkern, Lead Ranger
Location: Oat Nuts Park, meet at entrance on Summit St
Time and Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 1pm--3:30pm

Description: Join Portland Parks staff as for a winter walk through Oat Nuts Park and the Presumpscot River Preserve. As two of Portland’s largest open spaces, these woods provide wildlife habitat, some significant trees, and miles of hiking trails--including to the significant Presumpscot River Falls. If snow is on the ground, we will wear snowshoes. If the ground is bare, we will do the walk as a hike, but ice grippers may be necessary. Kids are welcome (and encouraged) with adult supervision. Bring water and a snack, and be prepared to be outside in the cold for several hours. Length: 3-5 miles, depending on conditions.  


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Topic: Evergreen Cemetery Woods XC Ski and Snowshoe

Presenter: Jeff Tarling, Portland City Arborist; Ethan Hipple, Parks Director; Jill Mulkern, Lead Ranger; Samara Ray, Parks and Recreation Naturalist
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, meet at Brentwood Gardens entrance
Time and Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1pm--3:30pm

Description: Join Portland Parks staff as for a cross country ski through the Evergreen Cemetery Woods. The 300 acre Evergreen Cemetery property contains 100 acres of woods filled with miles of trails, rocky ledges and great XC skiing terrain. If snow is on the ground, we will travel by XC ski. Intermediate XC ski skills required--this is not a lesson. All skiers must be able to travel on backcountry trails and come to a stop on their own in steep terrain.  If the ground is bare, we will do the route as a hike, but ice grippers may be necessary. Kids are welcome (and encouraged) with adult supervision. Bring water and a snack, and be prepared to be outside in the cold for several hours. Length: 3+ miles