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Posted on: November 16, 2021

Tree to be Delivered to Monument Square This Thursday

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The City of Portland’s Arborist, Jeff Tarling, reports that this year’s tree – which is scheduled to be delivered to Monument Square on Thursday, November 18 – was found yet again by coincidence. The 40' Balsam Fir, located on Epping Street in the Riverto...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Our 62+ Program is Back!!

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OCTOBER was the 62+ Program's first month back since March 2020!

We are all very excited to be back in action and returning to our adventures. We kicked off this month with a sailing excursion with Sail Maine aboard their Catamaran! We had beautif...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

The Search is Over for the 2021 Monument Square Tree!

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The Portland Downtown and Portland Parks & Recreation have fielded a small number of tree donation suggestions as of late October. Our forestry team has been on the hunt for the perfect tree, which ideally would be a 40-50' Spruce or Fir loca...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Congratulations, Clare!!

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Join us in congratulating our very own Clare Norton, our Parks, Recreation and Facilities Booking Coordinator, on winning the annual Bob Ganley Public Service Award1 The Ganley award is given each year to one City employee (out of 1,400 total) who best ex...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Tree Canopy Update

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Our Department spends a lot of time thinking about trees. Our Parks and Forestry staff recently made a presentation to the City Council's Sustainability and Transportation Committee about the status of our urban tree canopy, and our plans to expa...
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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Playground Renovation Updates

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Payson Park Playground and Active Recreation Project; survey results are in!
   Public input on the Payson Park Active Recreation and Playground Project is being processed after over a month of survey feedback has been shared with the dep...
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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

We are hiring Event Staff!

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We are hiring Event Staff!  This is an exciting opportunity to work Maine Celtics games, performances at Merrill Auditorium, and many more fantastic events. You could be a part of the guest experience at Merrill Auditorium, the James A. Banks Exp...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

We are hiring Event Staff to work Maine Celtics Games!

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We are hiring event staff to work Maine Celtics Games! You could be a part of the Maine Celtics experience at the James A. Banks Exposition Building! Join our team as Event Staff with the City of Portland Public Assembly Facilities Department. 

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Winter Foot Skills and Futsal League, come play!

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Registration is easy! Either sign up through Community Pass, or you can fill out the registration form provided here.

Please see the brochure for additional program details If you have any questions please contact our main office at 207-808-5400, or you ca...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Youth Basketball, come join the fun!

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We are still taking registrations for this wonderful program and are still seeking volunteer coaches. Sign up is easy!

You can register online via Community Pass, or, you can fill out a registration form here.

For additional program details please ...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: October 8, 2021

Join our Recreation Team! We increased our starting rate!

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JOIN OUR RECREATION TEAM! We have increased our starting pay and want you to join us!! We are seeking Recreation Programmers in our Before and After the Bell Programs and Community Centers. We have fun and exciting positions that we need to fill right now...

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Posted on: September 29, 2021

Portland Harbor Common

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Phase 1 of this project aims to create a new public greenspace along Portland's Eastern Waterfront, on a site currently occupied by the Ocean Gateway queuing lanes. The 3.5 acre site will be transformed into a public greenspace that includes walk...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Updated Health and Safety Requirements for City-Owned Event Facilities

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The City of Portland announced today an update to its safety protocols for events at its indoor facilities due to the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant across the state and nation. These changes will go in effect on October 4, 2021 and will cont...

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City News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

Skatepark Closed - Mon. Sept. 13 - Fri. Sept. 17

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SKATEPARK UPDATE:

Starting Monday, September 13th and running through Friday, September 17th, the Portland Playgrounds Crew will be performing some incredibly important and time sensitive maintenance work, which will require the skate park to be closed. Tw...
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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: August 27, 2021

City’s Forestry Crew Hits New Milestone During Tree Planting Season

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The City of Portland’s Forestry Crew hit a new milestone this year by planting a whopping 201 new trees during tree planting season, a season that generally takes place between May and June. During this time, the forestry crew usually plants an average of...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Tree Planting Season Update!

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'Portland Maine - The Forest City' -  Portland, Maine has been known as the 'Forest City' dating back to the early 1800's.  Our first recorded street tree planting was on Washington Avenue whe...

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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: May 26, 2021

Skatepark Expansion Project Update

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We have been working with community members on an exciting skatepark expansion project for the past few years and we are getting closer to having the funds available to start construction, hopefully sometime in 2022.The total budget for the project to get...

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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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. 

Portland is expected to...

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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
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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Parks and Rec News
Posted on: July 1, 2021

Portland to Host Fireworks Only Display for Fourth of July

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After having to cancel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Portland is pleased to announce it will host a fireworks only display for the Fourth of July this year. The display will be held on Sunday, July 4, in its usual spot on the Eastern...

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City News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Tree to be Delivered to Monument Square This Thursday

January_2016_Portland_Maine_20160102-DSC_4025 By Corey Templeton Monument Square Christmas Tree Look

The City of Portland’s Arborist, Jeff Tarling, reports that this year’s tree – which is scheduled to be delivered to Monument Square on Thursday, November 18 – was found yet again by coincidence. The 40' Ba...

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City News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Tree to be Delivered to Monument Square This Thursday

January_2016_Portland_Maine_20160102-DSC_4025 By Corey Templeton Monument Square Christmas Tree Look

The City of Portland’s Arborist, Jeff Tarling, reports that this year’s tree – which is scheduled to be delivered to Monument Square on Thursday, November 18 – was found yet again by coincidence. The 40' Balsam Fir, located on Epping Street in the Riverto...

Read on...

Parks, Recreation & Facilities