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Trails lead to wild and peaceful Portland (Press Herald)

The Portland Trails system reduces the use of cars and gives walkers, bicyclers and skaters easy access to nature. From Shoshana Hoose’s LEG WORK blog – Portland Press Herald When I moved to Portland 30 years ago, circling Back Cove meant navigating a narrow, rutted footpath by Interstate 295 that turned treacherous when icy. If…

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Vital for commuters, Portland Trails turns 25 (Press Herald)

Born of a casual conversation, the nonprofit has built and maintains more than 70 miles of trails that give urban dwellers commuting paths, plus the solace of the natural world. See the other two articles in May 8th Source feature, here and here. By Jennifer Van Allen for SOURCE – Portland Press Herald Happy birthday Portland…

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PT supporters throw back at GORP 2016. (MaineToday)

The 3rd Annual GORP: A Party to Support Portland Trails took place on April 28, 2016 this year. Supporters enjoyed a night of festive snacks, local beers by Allagash, and games including darts and corn hole. Guests could enter into a raffle with prizes valuing up to $1000 and three lucky winners took home months…

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[Press Release] Celebrating 25 Years of trails at GORP.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2016 Portland Trails invites the community to throwback to simpler times and celebrate 25 years of trails at GORP   Portland, ME – The third annual GORP: A Party to Support Portland Trails is just around the corner on April 28 at Arabica Coffee’s Commercial Street roastery. Portland Trails is…

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Portland Trails receives $75K grant to support projects in Bayside neighborhoods and launches a new mission.

Boston-based Jane’s Trust awarded Portland Trails $75K last week to fuel community driven placemaking projects in the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. Engaging in collaborative community projects for revitalizing public spaces is part of Portland Trails new mission, which the organization recently adopted after accomplishing its prior mission in late 2014.  

 

“It is notable for a non-profit to accomplish its mission, and Portland Trails has done it twice!” says Executive Director Kara Wooldrik, “We are excited to focus on strategic priorities that build on our successes and continue to create a healthier Greater Portland through community driven change.”

 

Portland Trails serves the 230,000 residents in Greater Portland and millions of its visitors by building and maintaining a network of trails that connects people, nature, and neighborhoods. In 2006, Portland Trails achieved its first mission of building a 30 mile trail network, and adopted a second mission that recognized the trails as an important means of commuting and transportation for residents and visitors alike. Since 2006, the organization has grown the trail network to reach within a half mile of every residence in Portland, increased the network to 70 miles and over 1 million trail users per year, cultivated over 2000 corporate and individual volunteers, and extended its reach across multiple communities. Upon fulfilling its second mission this past year, board and staff members crafted a new mission to guide their future work.

“Portland Trails transforms Greater Portland into a healthier community for people-powered transportation, conservation, and recreation by creating and maintaining a network of trails and green spaces that connects people with places.”

The recent Jane’s Trust grant is a vote of confidence in this new mission. In 2010, Jane’s Trust was among the many partners integral in building the Bayside Trail. The new $75K grant will support projects deeply aligned with Portland Trails’ new mission including the enhancement and activation of shared public spaces such as parks, sidewalks, and trails to increase the livability and connectivity in the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods.

 

As part of its focus on placemaking, Portland Trails brings a collaborative, grassroots, neighborhood-level approach to these projects, and will partner with residents, neighborhood organizations, the City of Portland, and numerous local businesses and community groups. The grant supports community meetings, events, and volunteer work days to provide opportunities for local input and investment in trail construction and new projects.  East Bayside business owner, Heather Sanborn of Rising Tide Brewing Company says, “We have witnessed a dramatic transformation of this neighborhood over the past three years. It is now a vibrant place where tourists and locals alike stroll between food and beverage producers and among artists’ studios every day of the week. These Portland Trails projects will further enhance our unique neighborhood.
Beyond building safer streets and neighborhoods, Portland Trails embraces the diversity of Bayside and East Bayside as it grows culturally and economically, and seeks to bring the community together through events and public spaces that foster neighborhood-wide identity. Says Wooldrik,  “Portland Trails wants to help residents and local businesses create the experiences and destinations in their neighborhoods. People who build a place with their own hands feel a sense of ownership, and that creates a more healthy, active and empowered community.”

 

From the Westbrook American Journal. 

A patch of trail seen as an important link in Westbrook’s Stroudwater Trail system has connected Stroudwater Street to the downtown.

Trail advocates believe the new section will be heavily used, as it provides a shortcut from the high school to the city’s skate park and downtown Westbrook.

Read full article, here.

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2nd Annual GORP a success!

Over 90 people came out to celebrate the trails, enjoy the outdoors, and toast some s’mores with Portland Trails at this years GORP: A Throw Back to Simpler Times.

Check out the coverage from Maine Todayor head on over to Facebook and enjoy some snapshots from the evening from Maine Magazine.