A Vision for Portland’s Future

For a moment, imagine what Portland might be like in 30 years. The year will be 2051, and, although The Jetsons was set in 2062, it doesn’t look like we’ll all be commuting to our space homes in flying cars in three decades’ time. Portland will still be here on the ground, perhaps a different…

Team Bonding and Bridge-Building

The Portland Trails team on their brand new bridge in the Presumpscot River Preserve! Standing, left to right: Bailey, Jaime, and Alison. Sitting or crouched, left to right: Daniel, Kara, and Lindsay. One sunny morning in October, we held our monthly Portland Trails staff meeting on the Presumpscot River Preserve trail with tools in hand.…

Looking Back on 30 Years

Portland Trails celebrated its 30th anniversary this year! That’s three decades of transforming Greater Portland through trails, people-powered transportation, conservation, and placemaking. We’ve loved taking the time to reflect on all we’ve accomplished together over the years. That’s why we are highlighting five newsletter articles from our archives that tell the stories of the people…

From the Archives: Winter 1999

Connections! by Rob Rosenthal It doesn’t look like much now, but the long-awaited connector under Tukey’s Bridge between the back Cove Trail and the Eastern Prom Trail will most likely be completed by late spring 2000 – maybe earlier! In the next few months, plans for what may be the most important link in Portland’s…

From the Archives: Winter 2015

People Power Keeps Bayside and East Bayside Abuilding by Rucha Modak   Volunteers from East Bayside businesses help build a trail connection on Anderson Street this November. As the year comes to a close, Portland Trails is leaping forward with new projects for 2016. The GORP party last summer celebrated all things PT, including an…

From the Archives: Fall 2013

Forging into Westbrook! by Aurelia C. Scott Follow the thwack of hammers and good-natured shouts that rise from a thicket of hemlock and pine off Route 22 and you’ll find PT’s trail staff and crew hefting lumber and measuring distances. They’re on their way into Westbrook along the expanding Stroudwater Trail. They’re moving so fast…

From the Archives: Fall 2004

The Presumpscot Preserve: Bigger and Better than Ever Maine Conservation Corps crew hard at work. A summer of hard work by a six-person Maine Conservation Corps team, PT Trails Construction Manager Jaime Parker, Stillman Restoration/Design Landscape Designer David Buchanan, and a host of volunteers has resulted in lots of infrastructure improvements to the magnificent Presumpscot…

From the Archives: Spring 1995

Fore River Bridge Photos by Jefferey Stevensen Project manager extraordinaire George Potter reports that on December 1, 1994, with the help of Reed and Reed Contractors, Portland Trails’ 90-foot pedestrian bridge was lowered into place over the Fore River at Stroudwater Crossing, effectively creating a new 85-acre city park. After more than four years of…

A Walk in the Park

About this time last year, a routine walk along the Eastern Prom changed Mary and Chris Copeland’s lives forever. But that’s not the beginning of the story. The story starts on a different walk along the Eastern Prom Trail, on a fall evening in 2017.    Chris almost proposed to Mary at Fort Sumner Park on North…

Summer with the Portland Youth Corps

School is beginning again, which means teens everywhere are being bombarded with one question: “What did you do this summer?” The 24 inaugural members of the Portland Youth Corps might just have the coolest answer.      The new Portland Youth Corps (PYC) program, which just wrapped up for the year, aims to bring environmental education and…