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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Parks Department Prepares to Treat Limited Browntail Moth Infestation in Deering Oaks Park Next Week

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After a survey of the trees within Deering Oaks Park found that a majority have Browntail Moth nests, the City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department will be treating the infested trees with an organic insecticide through ground spraying/misting ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Parks Recreation and Facilities is Hiring Seasonal Employees!

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Portland Parks, Recreation and Facilities is hiring for Seasonal Positions! Please contact our office today for more information about our variety of Seasonal Job Opportunities! Call us at 207-808-5400 or email: recreation@portlandmaine.gov

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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Deering Oaks ADA Trail & Path Improvements

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Parks is finalizing the design documents for expanded ADA parking and a new accessible path to the Ravine Pool in Deering Oaks park. This path will bring visitors down from the Deering Oaks Playground ADA parking area to the larger pond edge, and under th...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Sundays on the Boulevard 2021

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Sundays on the Boulevard will be starting back up this Sunday May 2nd, 2021! Enjoy the car free landscape on Baxter Boulevard every Sunday from 9-4pm until Sunday October 10th, 2021.The City of Portland is Partnering with Portland Trails, Back Cove Neighb...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Portland Farmers’ Market Prepares For Temporary Move to Payson Park

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Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been working closely with the Portland Farmers’ Market to find a temporary home while Browntail Moth Caterpillars are most problematic within Deering Oaks Park. Payson Park will serve as the tem...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

City to Launch Food Composting Program on Earth Day

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On Earth Day, April 22, the City of Portland is kicking off a year-long food composting pilot program, which will provide residents with five convenient locations to drop off food scraps.  

“Food scraps and other organic materials make up almost 4...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Portland Land Bank Commission Conserves Open Space on Rand Road

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The Portland Land Bank Commission announced the acquisition by the City of Portland of a 27-acre forested parcel along Rand Road near outer Congress Street, from the Avangrid Foundation. This land has been a high priority open space parcel for several yea...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Summer Camp Resurgam 2021

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Registration for Portland Recreation Summer Camp 2021 will begin on Monday, April 12th at 8:00 a.m.

Please visit us at portlandrec.com for online registration. Summer Camp Resurgam 2021 is for Portland Residents who have just COMPLETED grades K-5. &nbs...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Our Recreation Department is Hiring!

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We are currently seeking Recreation Programmer 1's to work in our After School Program!

RECREATION PROGRAMMER I - AFTER BELL PROGRAM - Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department *Revised* - 20-30 hours per week - After School Program Schedule: ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Deering Oaks Farmers Market will move to Payson Park for 6 weeks

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The Farmers Market will see a change of scenery in 2021 due to an unfortunate Browntail Moth infestation within Deering Oaks. The Market will start in Deering Oaks on Saturday, April 24th and run every Wednesday and Saturday until May 19th when it venture...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Opportunity to Lease & Operate the Castle at Deering Oaks Park

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The City of Portland is looking for a qualified Vendor to lease and operate the Castle at Deering Oaks Park.

The Castle which was built in 1894 was originally designated as a warming hut for skaters in the winter and included provision of cocoa and snacks....

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Troubh Ice Arena Updates!

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Troubh Ice Arena is currently open for Private Ice Rentals, Public Skate, Freestyle Ice and Pick-up Hockey. More information below: 

PRIVATE ICE RENTALSTo book a private ice rental and birthday party, please contact Jake O’Donal:207-774-...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Riverside Golf Course Update

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The course is currently closed, but we think we’ll be open soon!  Check Facebook for updates or be on the look out for the email.  The pro shop is open for membership and merchandise sales, see hours below.  

To purchas...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Test Planting Area on the Western Promenade

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We are excited about an upcoming test planting area along Western Prom near the Carroll Street intersection. New native plantings will be installed by Portland Parks Horticulture team in an effort to help keep alien invasive plants, wild sumac and tall, v...

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Spring Recreation Offerings!

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The Recreation Division is offering a variety of children and youth recreation programs this spring! Now is the time to get outside, try something new or jump back into your favorite sport! Registration is now open for all of our Spring 2021 Programs. All...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Update on NEW LEASH RULES in Mayor Baxter Woods

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As spring approaches, we are writing with an update on NEW LEASH RULES in Baxter Woods.

As many of you are aware, in October 2020, the City Council passed new rules for off-leash dogs in Baxter Woods to better balance the varying uses of this beloved city ...
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Posted on: March 8, 2021

Application open for the Portland Youth Corps!

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The application for the Portland Youth Corps is officially open! If you are a 14 to 17-year-old Portland resident and are interested in a summer of paid volunteering, fun, and exploring conservation careers in Portland's beautiful park system, this progra...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submissio...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Fish Point & Eastern Prom. Hillside Improvement Projects

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Portland's Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department has been working on improvement projects at Fish Point and Eastern Prom Hillside.

Fish Point Improvements: Horticulture has been working with Dylan Lippold Seaside Landscape to reduce invasive...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Youth on Course Partners with Maine State Golf Association

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Youth on Course Partners with Maine State Golf Associationto Bring Life-Changing Opportunities to Junior Golfers
 (PEBBLE BEACH, Ca.) — Youth on Course — the non-profit organization dedicated to opening doors, supporting dreams...
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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Yellow Zone Parking Ban Declared Friday, December 18

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A Yellow Zone Parking Ban has been declared beginning tonight at 10:00 PM Friday, December 18 through 6:00 AM Saturday, December 19. Vehicles left on City streets within the yellow zone after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT

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 A Citywide Parking Ban has been declared beginning TONIGHT, Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Friday, December 18. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. 

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City's Forestry Crew Works to Remove Invasive Trees on Western Prom

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The City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been working on invasive tree removal improvements on the Western Promenade as outlined in the recent Western Prom Master Plan. Currently, City Forestry crews have two work areas, the southern v...

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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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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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Posted on: October 21, 2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Council Approves New Leash Rules for Baxter Woods

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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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Posted on: July 17, 2020

Great Black Hawk Sculpture Unveiled at Deering Oaks

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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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