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 pair of snowshoes, you can…

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 of Brighton Avenue and Capisic…

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. In collaboration with the South…

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. Foraged on a Portland Trail.…

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 idea for the trail was…

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 makes me feel closer to…