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.
Portland Trails has shown a wonderful commitment to the ecosystems in the Portland area despite the challenges of being in an urban environment. They have frequented public schools and not only been productive this way, but sparked awareness and interest.
Volunteering for Portland Trails gives one a wonderful opportunity to experience a variety of outreach venues. I was able to help with 16 of the 30-some events. Meeting new people, seeing workplace settings, learning about what the Portland area has to offer, allows one to see how Portland Trails benefits all who live and visit the area. Our new map shows 31 trails that provide healthy experiences for young and old, able and handicapped, walkers/runners/cyclists. 2011 provided a dozen Discovery Trek guided walks; I throughly enjoyed the four I went on. Even through staff changes, Portland Trails didn't skip a beat.
I moved from PA to ME 19 months ago. One of my first tasks was to get a map of trails where I could ride my bicycle and walk. I've been on 16 of the trails and love the Discovery Treks. Wellness Fairs have been my volunteer focus. They are a wonderful way to learn more about the community and share about Portland Trails at the same time. The staff are wonderful at encouraging me. I feel that I get more than I give. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering. It is a great way to support Portland Trails.