Walking in a Winter Wonder(Port)land.
Blog

Walking in a Winter Wonder(Port)land.

Brace yourselves for winter…in a pair of snowshoes! by Alicia Asnault   SNOWSHOE POPULARITY IS SNOWBALLING AS PEOPLE ARE INTRODUCED TO the many benefits of this winter activity. Snowshoeing is fun, easy, and a great way to get your body moving and your blood pumping in the winter. With a...
Read More
Sewer work closes Portland Trail access
News

Sewer work closes Portland Trail access

From The Forecaster, January 2, 2018. Article here.  PORTLAND — A sewer separation project off Brighton Avenue has closed an access point to the Fore River Sanctuary trail network. Access to the trails via Hillcrest Avenue will not be reopened until the end of February. Hillcrest Avenue extends from the intersection...
Read More
Updates and upgrades for Portland Trails in 2017
Blog

Updates and upgrades for Portland Trails in 2017

by Rachael Alfond  This year, Portland Trails made big strides with community collaboration and placemaking, conservation, and active transportation projects, and made significant trail improvements and upgrades. Community Collaboration and Placemaking Portland Trails supported three mini-grants this year focused on expanding placemaking efforts and empowering neighborhoods to activate local spaces....
Read More
Foundation/MaineToday brew for trails! (Maine Life Media)
Blog News

Foundation/MaineToday brew for trails! (Maine Life Media)

  Check out this great video from Maine Life Media about the collaboration beer partners, MaineToday and Foundation brewed for Portland Trails. We are so grateful to have creative (and delicious!) neighbors. Check out photos of the Weekender Release Party from MaineToday here.
Read More
A Bountiful Harvest from the Trails
Blog

A Bountiful Harvest from the Trails

Foraging on the Portland Trails? Who knew! By Aurelia C. Scott, chart and images by Denise Brautigam “Hey!” I glared at the thorny, arching canes. “That hurt.” They took no notice. So I reached out, plucked a fruit, and popped it in my mouth. Not quite ripe, but identifiably raspberry....
Read More
What’s SUP on Portland Trails
Blog

What’s SUP on Portland Trails

One outdoor enthusiast's adventure by paddleboard on the Sebago to the Sea Trail by Tom Tero   The 28-mile Sebago to the Sea Trail begins at Sebago Lake and ends at Casco Bay, following the the Presumpscot River, and crossing a number of trails in the Portland Trails network. The...
Read More
Trail to Ale Run/Walk (Maine Today)
News

Trail to Ale Run/Walk (Maine Today)

There’s nothing like Portland Pie and craft beer in the morning after a 10K run. This 18th annual fall fundraiser for Portland Trails gets more than 1,500 people out on the trails, with an after-party on the Eastern Promenade. #trailtoale2017 See Maine Today's photos from the 2017 race here.
Read More
Playing and Learning in Nature
Blog

Playing and Learning in Nature

Because our Future Depends on It by Laura Newman, School Ground Greening Coalition Update: This summer, one of SGGC's activities, "School Ground Community Design Workshop" was listed in the International School Grounds Alliance Activity Guide. You can check out the full guide here. “I love putting my feet in the soil...it...
Read More
Pretty flower or a gnarly pest?
Blog

Pretty flower or a gnarly pest?

Identifying invasive plants on the trails. by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild and Phyllis Chinlund   THERE’S BEEN A LOT of recent buzz around invasive plants. In December, the State of Maine approved regulations to ban the commercial sale of 33 species of common invasive plants. These regulations beg the questions: What is...
Read More
People Powered Commuting in Portland
Blog

People Powered Commuting in Portland

People powered commuting gets locals from here to there with lots of benefits along the way. by Tom Tero According to city-data.com, over 30,000 people commute into Portland every weekday, a number that has grown significantly in the last two decades. As the pie chart from the same site shows, the...
Read More
Maine land trusts, nurseries agree on invasive plant ban (Forecaster)
News

Maine land trusts, nurseries agree on invasive plant ban (Forecaster)

by Katie Irish Collins Stewardship Coordinator, Daniel Bishop is quoted in the article surveying a number of land trusts in the state about recent ruling to ban sale of 33 invasive plant species.   Daniel Bishop, the stewardship and trail volunteer coordinator for Portland Trails, said, “Controlling invasives is a...
Read More
Race Day (Maine Magazine)
News

Race Day (Maine Magazine)

Why Mainers hit the roading running by Dr. Lisa Belisle, January 2017   Most road races start early in the morning, and the Trail to Ale 10K is no exception. The sky is gray and a light mist clings to the crowd gathering on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Several runners sprint...
Read More
Explore urban wilds with Portland Trails map (Maine Today)
News

Explore urban wilds with Portland Trails map (Maine Today)

By Carey Kish, December 18, 2016 Maps of all kinds litter my office space, offering ample distraction whenever my concentration on the task at hand starts to wane. A certified geography geek, I can easily spend hours lost in far off thoughts while scanning a map’s highway numbers, trail routes,...
Read More
Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K (Maine Today)
News

Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K (Maine Today)

About 450 merry runners did the Portland Brewers’ Holiday Dash 5K on Dec. 11, a brisk run followed by beer and brunch at RiRa’s. Four local breweries–Shipyard, Maine Beer Company, Allagash, and Rising Tide–donated brews for the post-race party. The Holiday Dash is a fundraiser for Portland Trails. See all...
Read More
Let It Snow
Blog

Let It Snow

Skip the slopes, hit the trails! by Tom Tero, Newsletter editor. THE SNOW WAS DEEP, powdery and perfect as I skied onto the Presumpscot River Preserve two winters ago. Starting at Oat Nuts Park at Summit Street, I cruised down to the river on trails packed down by snowshoers and...
Read More
Charity events attract thousands to Back Cove (Press Herald)
News

Charity events attract thousands to Back Cove (Press Herald)

By Joe Lawlor, September 18, 2016 The Back Cove trail in Portland hosted two major charity events Sunday that attracted thousands despite a rainy morning. At 9 a.m., 1,500 runners raced around Back Cove in the Trail to Ale 10K, which benefited the nonprofit Portland Trails. Three hours later, about...
Read More
[Press Release] Racers run, walk and celebrate 25 years of trails
News

[Press Release] Racers run, walk and celebrate 25 years of trails

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2016 Thousands of racers to join Portland Trails for 17th Annual Trail to Ale 10K and celebrate 25 years of trails and community   Portland, ME - Portland Trails has many reasons to celebrate this September. All year, Portland’s non-profit land trust has been celebrating...
Read More
A sense of adventure and a sense of place
Blog

A sense of adventure and a sense of place

Portland Trails scavenger hunt inspires people to explore the "city at your feet" by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild You've been hearing a lot about East Bayside from us, thanks to last year’s $75,000 Jane’s Trust grant which funded placemaking work in the neighborhood. July’s City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt is...
Read More
Conant property opens as riverside trail (American Journal)
News

Conant property opens as riverside trail (American Journal)

by Andrew Rice, July 21 A portion of land owned by the late Eleanor Conant Saunders is now part of a small trail system operated by Portland Trails. The parcel, off Conant Street in Westbrook, cuts a scenic path over rolling, grassy hills and connects to the edge of the...
Read More
PT hosts first annual City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt
News

PT hosts first annual City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt

Over 70 people participated in Sunday's trail scavenger hunt, including families from as far as New York City and North Carolina. We saw teams beat the heat and the time clock to discover hidden gems across the city and earn points for using as many modes of alternate transportation as...
Read More