Mission: Create and maintain a 50-mile network of trails in Greater Portland.
Engage the participation of neighborhoods, schools, and the business community in trail use and land stewardship.
Make Greater Portland a model for people-powered recreation and transportation.
Geographic areas served: Greater Portland (ME)
Programs: In 2014, portland trails continued our work on building and maintaining trails, using community volunteers to do much of the work. We choose to engage local volunteers in order to foster a sense of place and ownership of local natural areas and public places. We focused on extending the stroudwater trail to smiling hill farm in westbrook. We purchased 14 acres of land on the presumpscot estuary in falmouth and we facilitated a open spaces visioning process that took place in all of portland's neighborhoods. Our school ground greening coalition worked with teachers , parents, students and other school personnel to create schoolyards that support the creative play and environmental learning of students and community members of all ages.
I moved to downtown Portland about two years ago and one of the first things I looked into was what, if any, urban trail(s) existed.
Since then I have been checking both urban and rural trails off my list (and the official Portland Trails map that can be picked up for just a few dollars) - walking some almost daily - and volunteering when possible.
It's always a pleasure to see Portland Trails staff at events around town, and they're as receptive as can be when contacted via phone or email. They seem, no, they *are* genuinely happy to hear from the public... after all, they love the trails as much as we do!
I love the woods, hiking, nature etc., but live and work in Portland, not in the remote area I dream of. I'm also 57 and can't always hike and climb the way I used to. But every single day I go out for an hour or two and walk on Portland Trails with my dog. I've seen turkey and deer, snakes and frogs (no bear, yet). There are waterfalls and wildflowers. I'm not sure, but I think you can walk to a trail from any place in the city. If I had a million dollars, I'd buy up every scrap of open land in Portland and give it to Portland Trails.