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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The 26-Mile Journey

After a year of cancelled events, City at Your Feet – Portland Trails’ cross-town, people-powered scavenger hunt – made its return on July 10th and 11th! 23 teams cracked clues to find unique locations along the trail network while traveling car-free throughout Greater Portland. Participants walked, biked, and took the bus to the 19 clue locations, learning about Portland…

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Prevailing on the Trails

As 2020 draws to a close and we take a moment to reflect on this wild year, what are the moments where you found ease? Rejuvenation? Joy? For tens of thousands of community members throughout Greater Portland, the trail network became a space for connection in the midst of isolation and a place of comfort…

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Love in Jeopardy

How did Portland Trails find its way into a virtual surprise birthday party turned Jeopardy game turned marriage proposal this spring? As with most things this year, it started with cancelled plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.    Libbytown couple Jon Kleiman and Leila Pike had planned on celebrating Leila’s 30th birthday with a trip…

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