The Great Free Outdoors
 Portland

2022 update: The City of Portland redesigned their website, making a good amount of links below invalid. If you need more info, google it.

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Pocket Parks

 

Barrows Park - Historic park with sundial overlooking Back Cove.

Bedford Park - Small neighborhood park near USM Campus.

Bell Buoy Park - Large iron bell buoy in a tiny park located on the docks of Commercial St.

Belmeade Park - Small park with benches across from Baxter Boulevard.

Boothby Square - Cobblestone square in the Old Port featuring antique granite watering trough.

Bramhall Square - Small city park near bustling Congress St. with benches, trees & bus stop.

Caldwell Square - Square on corner of Stevens Ave. and Woodford St. featuring World War I memorial.

Congress Square Park - Located on Congress Street, this square occasionally hosts live music, dances, movies in the park and includes a stage, seating, and shade trees.

Fessendan Park - Half acre grassy park with benches and seasonal flower beds.

Fort Sumner Park - This East End park is rumored to be Portland’s highest scenic lookout.

Harbor View Memorial Park - Five acre park in the West End overlooking Casco Bay Bridge with picnic tables and pedestrian access to Commercial Street.

Heseltine Park - One acre grassy park in Woodfords neighborhood with picnic tables, swings, benches and a playground.

Lincoln Park - Portland’s first park, 2 acres downtown, has a vintage Parisian fountain, benches, and hosts summer concerts and art festivals.

Lobsterman Park - Cobblestoned square with benches in Old Port featuring large bronze lobsterman memorial.

Longfellow Park - Small park near Woodfords Corner offers shade trees, picnic tables, benches.

Longfellow Square - A statue of poet Henry Longfellow overlooks an urban square on Congress St. surrounded by restaurants, music venues & stores.

McIntyre Park & Playground - West End park & playground with benches and basketball court.

Monument Square - Brick square in downtown Portland regularly hosts events, including the farmers market, and features one of the nation’s largest bronze statues and the annual Holiday tree.

Post Office Park - Small park in Old Port with shade and benches.

Tommy’s Park - Small cobblestone island with benches and trees in the Old Port.

Trinity Park - Near Woodfords Corner, a small patch of grass with a small fountain & flower beds.

(Peaks Island) Trott-Little John Park - Community garden on Peaks Island.

Winslow Park - Small grass park with modern sculpture, picnic table with views of Back Cove.

 

Parks, Trails & Woods

 

Baxter Pines - 6 acre woods with trails in Deering Center neighborhood.

Baxter Trail - 2.5 miles of trail & sidewalks connect Back Cove Trail to Baxter Woods to Evergreen Cemetery.

Bayside Trail - One mile paved trail between Bayside & East Bayside neighborhoods.

Oat Nuts Park - Small wooded park on Portland/Falmouth line with trail connecting to Presumpscot River Preserve.

Ocean Avenue Recreation Area - 2.5 miles of trails across meadows, woods, and wetlands. The Quarry Run Dog Park, a 10 acre off-leash area, is found in the park’s east end.

Pine Grove Park - North Deering wooded park links up with half mile Pine Grove Trail.

Portland Arts & Technology High School Open Space - Located behind the high school on Allen Ave. are trails and boardwalks winding through 40 acres of field and forest.

University Park & Brooks Trail - Woods, trails, brooks, and a grassy field are found in this urban park located between Allen Ave. and Washington Ave.

Western Promenade - Grassy, scenic park in Portland’s West End has benches, picnic tables, flower beds, walking paths, basketball court, community garden and connects to Valley Street Dog Park.

 

By the Water

 

Back Cove Trail - 3.6 mile gravel path around tidal estuary basin. Multi-use athletic field. Horticultural gardens, fitness course, wildlife viewing areas.

Baxter Woods - 29 acre forest with trails, 2 ponds, open meadows, and outdoor classroom.

Canco Woods - 17 acre park with trails, small pond, and wheelchair/walker accessible loop.

Capisic Pond - 18 acre park with large pond, 1 mile of trails, benches, picnic tables.

Deering Oaks Park - 55 acre park with baseball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, pickleball, horseshoe pits, playground, bandstand, and pond with fountain. Ice skating & sledding hill in winter. Summer wading pool.

Dougherty Field - Encompasses 3 baseball, softball & soccer fields. Skatepark, playground, free splash pad, and fee-based swimming pool.

East End Beach - Portland’s only public beach offers free swimming, kayak & row access to Casco Bay & Islands. Fee-based public boat launch & kayak rentals.

Eastern Promenade - 78 acre mixed-use park overlooking Casco Bay includes the 2 mile Eastern Prom waterfront trail, free public beach, baseball and softball fields, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, playground, picnic tables, community garden, and sledding hill in winter.

Eastern Promenade Trail - 2 mile paved and gravel waterfront trail with great views of Casco Bay connecting the East End to the Old Port.

Evergreen Woods - 1850’s cemetery with 239 acres of carriage paths, ponds, footbridges, gardens, a chapel, funerary art, sculptures and extensive wooded wetlands.

Fore River Parkway Trail - 2.6 mile paved trail on the tidal Fore River which drains to Casco Bay. Access point to Mercy’s Pond Loop Trail which offers excellent bird watching.

Fore River Sanctuary - 85 acre preserve includes a few unique water features: Jewell Falls, Portland’s only waterfall; a former historic canal; and a brackish marsh where sea and fresh water meet.

Fort Allen Park - 10 acres of grass on the Eastern Promenade overlooking Casco Bay with historic bandstand and military memorials.

Fort Gorges - Accessible only by boat or kayak in Casco Bay, this 2 acre abandoned military fort was built in 1858.

Martin’s Point & Trail - Paved trail includes a short footpath along the shore that connects to a bridge spanning the Presumpscot River to Mackworth Island, which charges fees. Trail and bridge are popular tidal fishing spots.

Payson Park & Longfellow Arboretum - 48 acre park on Baxter Blvd. features baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, playground, splash pad, pond, community garden, picnic tables, and the free Longfellow Arboretum. In winter, the park hosts ice skating, sledding, and has a ski and snowboard terrain park. 

Peppermint Park - Cumberland Ave. playground with splash pad.

Presumpscot River Preserve - A wooded trail follows a creek that empties into the Presumpscot River.

Riverton Trolley Park - Woods, trails, fields and a river are what remains of a large park that operated on the outskirts of Portland until 1929.

Stone Street Playground - A kids’ climbing wall, swings, playground, and splash pad near downtown Portland.

 

Sports & Recreation

Amanda Rowe/Hall School Playground and Woods - Outer Portland playground includes multi-use field, baseball field, basketball court, and connects to the Forest City Trail: a combination of trails spanning 10 miles.

Back Cove Trail - 3.6 mile gravel path around tidal estuary basin. Multi-use athletic field. Horticultural gardens, fitness course, wildlife viewing areas.

(Peaks Island) City Acres Ball Park - Baseball field and large, grassy open space used by Little League, residents and visitors.

East End Beach - Portland’s only public beach offers free swimming, kayak & row access to Casco Bay & Islands. Fee-based public boat launch & kayak rentals.

Eastern Promenade - 78 acre mixed-use park overlooking Casco Bay includes the 2 mile Eastern Prom waterfront trail, free public beach, baseball and softball fields, tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, playground, picnic tables, community garden, and sledding hill in winter.

Deering High School Fields - Multi use sports fields.

Deering Oaks Park - 55 acre park with baseball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, pickleball, horseshoe pits, playground, bandstand, and pond with fountain. Ice skating & sledding hill in winter. Summer wading pool.

Dougherty Field - Encompasses 3 baseball, softball & soccer fields. Skatepark, playground, free splash pad, and a swimming pool that charges fees.

Fox Field & Playground - 4.6 acre park in Bayside with athletic fields, orchard, basketball courts, and playground.

Lyseth School Playground - North Deering playground with a jungle gym includes multi-use field, 3 baseball fields, 2 basketball courts, 3 tennis courts, and a running path.

Martin’s Point & Trail - Paved trail includes a short footpath along the shore that connects to a bridge spanning the Presumpscot River to Mackworth Island, which charges fees. Trail and bridge are popular tidal fishing spots.

McIntyre Park & Playground - West End playground with benches and basketball court.

Nason’s Corner Park - 2.5 acre park on outer Brighton Ave. features a climbing wall made of Maine granite, baseball fields, a playground featuring a suspension bridge, hilltop fort and tunnels, and a winter skating rink.

Ocean Avenue School Playground - Playground, garden, and basketball court.

Payson Park & Longfellow Arboretum - 48 acre park on Baxter Blvd. features baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, playground, splash pad, pond, community garden, picnic tables, and the free Longfellow Arboretum. In winter, the park hosts ice skating, sledding, and has a ski and snowboard terrain park. 

Pleasant Street Park - Portland peninsula playground with picnic tables and basketball court.

Portland Skate Park - Not much is published about this skatepark except its location on St. James Street. (Got info/website? Contact me)

 

Riverton School Playground - Outer Forest Ave. playground with community garden, community center, public library, basketball & tennis courts, 2 softball, 1 baseball, and 1 multi use field.

Tate Tyng Playground - Just off Commercial St. in the Old Port, the playground includes swings, basketball court, and a chess table.

Western Promenade - Grassy, scenic park in Portland’s West End has benches, picnic tables, flower beds, walking paths, basketball court, community garden, and connects to Valley Street Dog Park.

          Dog Parks

Ocean Avenue Recreation Area - 2.5 miles of trails across meadows, woods, and wetlands. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter. The Quarry Run Dog Park, a 10 acre off-leash area, is found in the park’s east end.

 

Valley Street Dog Park - Fenced in dog park in Portland’s West End.

         

         Playgrounds

 

Amanda Rowe/Hall School Playground and Woods - Outer Portland playground includes multi-use field, baseball field, basketball court, and connects to the Forest City Trail: a combination of trails spanning 10 miles.

Clark Street Playground - West End park features slides, swings, and a community garden.

Deering Oaks Park - 55 acre park with baseball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, pickleball, horseshoe pits, playground, bandstand, and pond with fountain. Ice skating & sledding hill in winter. Summer wading pool.

Dougherty Field - Encompasses 3 baseball, softball & soccer fields. Skatepark, playground, free splash pad, and a swimming pool that charges fees.

East End School Playground - Play area with natural elements, swings, net climber, and baseball field.

Eastern Promenade - 78 acre mixed-use park overlooking Casco Bay includes the 2 mile Eastern Prom waterfront trail, free public beach, baseball and softball fields, tennis, basketball, and pickleball courts, playground, picnic tables, community garden, and sledding hill in winter.

Fox Field & Playground - 4.6 acre park in Bayside with athletic fields, orchard, basketball courts, and playground.

Heseltine Park - 1 acre grassy park in Woodfords neighborhood with picnic tables, swings, benches, and a playground.

Lyseth School Playground - North Deering playground with a jungle gym includes multi-use field, 3 baseball fields, 2 basketball courts, 3 tennis courts, and a running path.

Marada Adams Playground - Munjoy Hill playground with swings, playground, slide, picnic tables and benches.

McIntyre Park & Playground - West End park & playground with benches and basketball court.

Munjoy South Park - Munjoy Hill playground with swings, slides, jungle gym.

Nason’s Corner Park - 2.5 acre park on outer Brighton Ave. features a climbing wall made of Maine granite, baseball fields, a playground featuring a suspension bridge, hilltop fort and tunnels, and a winter skating rink.

Ocean Avenue School Playground - Playground, garden, and basketball court.

Payson Park & Longfellow Arboretum - 48 acre park on Baxter Blvd. features baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, playground, splash pad, pond, community garden, picnic tables, and the free Longfellow Arboretum. In winter, the park hosts ice skating, sledding, and has a ski and snowboard terrain park. 

(Peaks Island) Peaks Island Playground - Playground with swings, slide, jungle gym.

Peppermint Park - Cumberland Ave. playground with splash pad.

Pleasant Street Park - Portland peninsula playground with picnic tables and basketball court.

Presumpscot School Playground - Elementary school playground with benches and multi-use field.

Reiche School Playground - Brackett Street playground with swings and benches.

Riverton School Playground - Outer Forest Ave. playground with community garden, community center, public library, basketball & tennis courts, 2 softball, 1 baseball, and 1 multi use field.

Stone Street Playground - A kids’ climbing wall, swings, playground, and splash pad near downtown Portland.

Stroudwater Village Park - Small playground located in the southwest corner of Portland.

Tate Tyng Playground - Just off Commercial St. in the Old Port, the playground includes swings, basketball court, and a chess table.

 

        Winter Recreation

Breakwater Pond - Located in the rear of the Breakwater School, in Nason’s Corner off Capisic Street, the City of Portland maintains the ice here.

 

Capisic Pond - 18 acre park with 4 acre ice skating pond (not maintained), trails, benches, picnic tables.

Deering Oaks Park - 55 acre park with baseball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, pickleball, horseshoe pits, playground, bandstand, pond with fountain, and summer wading pool. In winter there’s ice skating on the pond, a sledding hill, and groomed cross country ski trails.  

Eastern Promenade - 78 acre mixed-use park overlooking Casco Bay includes the 2 mile Eastern Prom waterfront trail, free public beach, baseball and softball fields, tennis, basketball, and pickleball courts, playground, picnic tables, community garden, and sledding hill in winter months.

Ludlow Pond - Located in the Deering Center neighborhood near the high school, an ice skating pond is maintained by the city of Portland.  

 

Monument Square - Brick square in downtown Portland regularly hosts events, including the farmers market, and features one of the nation’s largest bronze statues and the annual Holiday tree.

Nason’s Corner Park - 2.5 acre park on outer Brighton Ave. features a climbing wall made of Maine granite, baseball fields, a playground featuring a suspension bridge, hilltop fort and tunnels, and a winter skating rink.

Ocean Avenue Recreation Area - 2.5 miles of trails across meadows, woods, and wetlands. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing in winter. The Quarry Run Dog Park, a 10 acre off-leash area, is found in the park’s east end.

Payson Park & Longfellow Arboretum - 48 acre park on Baxter Blvd. features baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, playground, splash pad, pond, community garden, picnic tables, and the free Longfellow Arboretum. In winter, the park hosts ice skating, sledding, and has a ski and snowboard terrain park. 

Presumpscot Park - Located on Ludlow Street, a few online sources cite that ice skating occurs here. (Contact me with info.)

 

Riverside Golf Course - Summer’s not-free golfing is replaced by free activities each winter: two ice rinks, sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking.