Pocket Parks

Anthoine Creek Park - Half acre park off Broadway with scenic marsh views of Anthoine Creek.

Erskine Park - Small park overlooking Casco Bay Bridge features flowers, flagpole, and benches.

Firefighters Park - Green space near Cash Corner with firefighters’ memorial, gardens, and benches.

Fisherman’s Point - Park with benches overlooking Casco Bay with scenic views of Peaks, Cushing, and House Islands, on southern tip of Willard Beach.

High School Park - Green space located across from the high school and community center.

Legion Square Park / Post Office Park - Mill Creek park with veterans’ memorial, gardens, and bench.

Pierce Street Park - Ferry village neighborhood park with small playground and green space.

Sawyer Park - Off Main St., green space with small playground and gravel path that wraps around the park. Future site of community garden.

Thomas Knight Park - Waterfront park located beneath the Casco Bay Bridge connecting South Portland to Portland, this 1.5 acre park features picnic tables and a pier for saltwater fishing.

Wilkinson Park - Located in the Sunset Park neighborhood off Route 1, the park features a picnic pavilion, basketball court, playground, and Little League fields.

Yerxa Park - Located in the Pleasantdale neighborhood off the Greenbelt Walkway, park features benches and views of Fore River and Portland skyline.

 

Parks, Trails & Woods

Bug Light Park - Nine acre coastal park with views of Portland and Casco Bay. Highlights include the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Liberty Ship memorial, a large grassy field that’s popular for kite flying and outdoor events, saltwater fishing, paved path for walking and bicycle riding which connects to the Greenbelt Walkway, and a fee-based boat launch. 

Mill Creek Park - 10 acre park in heart of Mill Creek-Knightville with pond, fountain, gazebo. The park regularly hosts four seasons of events: outdoor concerts, Art in the Park, Winterfest, ice skating, and holiday tree lighting. 

Mount Vernon Street Trail - A 350 foot micro trail features a hill of steps leading to a bridge over the Trout Brook and provides access to a small, wooded ravine.

Redbank Community Park - Located off Western Ave. between the Portland Jetport and Maine Mall, this large green space has a covered picnic pavilion, playground, and full-sized basketball court.

South Branch Trail - Small network of wooded trails totaling about half a mile includes a brook and provides pedestrian off road access between Clarks Pond Plaza and Maine Mall shopping areas. Nearby are Red Brook Trail and Clarks Pond Trail with trailheads within walking distance.  

 

 

By the Water

Bug Light Park - Nine acre coastal park with views of Portland and Casco Bay. Highlights include the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Liberty Ship memorial, a large grassy field that’s popular for kite flying and outdoor events, saltwater fishing, paved path for walking and bicycle riding which connects to the Greenbelt Walkway, and a fee-based boat launch. 

Clark’s Pond Trail - 1.1 mile woodland trail follows the pond’s shore to emerge on Westbrook Street. Following sidewalks 6/10 of a mile completes a loop hike. Also connects to Red Brook Trail.

Dows Woods Trail & Nature Preserve - The Dows Woods Trail is a short loop trail through the Dows Woods Nature Preserve, a 9 acre woods near South Portland High School, consisting of dense woodland and a 2 acre pond. Dogs and bikes are not allowed.

Greenbelt Walkway - A paved multi-use walking and bike trail spans 5.6 miles from Scarborough’s town line to Bug Light Park in South Portland harbor and features three distinct waterfront parks.

Hinckley Park - 40 wooded acres include over a dozen walking trails, community garden, two ponds, and freshwater fishing.

Long Creek Trail - Scenic trail winds its way through an old growth maple and oak forest, ending at the water's edge by a cove. Across the shore lies a historic location where Abanaki Native Americans negotiated treaties with English settlers in the 1600s.

Red Brook Trail - Near the Maine Mall, this trail leads from the Clarks Pond Trail following the Red Brook one-way about 1/3 of a mile.

Spring Point Shoreway - 1.6 mile paved & gravel trail encompasses Willard Beach, historic Fort Preble, Spring Point Lighthouse, and views of Portland Harbor.

Trout Brook Nature Preserve Trail - Small trail network in a residential area provides a short wooded walk with access to Trout Brook at several places, including a 45 foot bridge. 

 

Willard Beach - A sandy neighborhood beach with easterly views of Casco Bay and Cape Elizabeth Light House connects to the Spring Point Shoreway Trail which wraps around South Portland’s peninsula connecting Southern Maine Community College’s campus to Bug Light Park and Portland Harbor. Fort Preble, an abandoned Civil War fortress located on SMCC’s campus, overlooks the bay and is free to explore. 

Sports & Recreation

Bug Light Park - Nine acre coastal park with views of Portland and Casco Bay. Highlights include the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Liberty Ship memorial, a large grassy field that’s popular for kite flying and outdoor events, saltwater fishing, paved path for walking and bicycle riding which connects to the Greenbelt Walkway, and a fee-based boat launch. 

High Street/Sawyer Park - Ferry Village neighborhood basketball court.

Legere Park - 1 acre park in Knightville with basketball hoop, playground, and green space.

Redbank Community Park - Located off Western Ave. between the Portland Jetport and Maine Mall, this large green space has a covered picnic pavilion, playground, and full-sized basketball court.

Thomas Knight Park - Waterfront park located beneath the Casco Bay Bridge connecting South Portland to Portland, this 1.5 acre park features picnic tables and a pier for saltwater fishing.

Wainwright Farm Recreation Complex - Although you need a permit to rent their 66 acres of athletic fields (baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, hurling), there is a free playground and free winter activities that include an ice skating rink, groomed cross country ski trails, and snowshoeing. The Greenbelt Walkway starts/ends here creating a 6 mile paved bike/walking trail to Bug Light Park.

Wilkinson Park - Located in the Sunset Park neighborhood off Route 1, the park features a picnic pavilion, basketball court, playground, and Little League fields.

          Dog Parks

Hinckley Park - 40 wooded acres includes walking trails, two ponds, and freshwater fishing. Read this statement for updated leash rules.

Willard BeachRead this statement for updated leash rules.

         

          Playgrounds

Dipietro Park - Cottage Rd. park with playground and green space.

Legere Park - 1 acre park with basketball hoop, playground, and green space.

Pierce Street Park - Ferry village neighborhood park with small playground and green space.

Redbank Community Park - Located off Western Ave. between the Portland Jetport and Maine Mall, this large green space has a covered picnic pavilion, playground, and full-sized basketball court.

Sawyer Park - Off Main St., greenspace with small playground and gravel path that wraps around the park. Future site of community garden.

School Street Park - Ferry Village park with small playground and green space.

Wainwright Farm Recreation Complex - Although you need a permit to rent their 66 acres of athletic fields (baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, hurling), there is a free playground and free winter activities that include an ice skating rink, groomed cross country ski trails, and snowshoeing. The Greenbelt Walkway starts/ends here creating a 6 mile paved bike/walking trail to Bug Light Park.

Wilkinson Park - Located in the Sunset Park neighborhood off Route 1, the park features a picnic pavilion, basketball court, playground, and Little League fields.

 

          Winter Recreation

Hinckley Park - 40 wooded acres include over a dozen wooded, looped trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, two ponds, and freshwater fishing.  

 

Mill Creek Park - 10 acre park in heart of Mill Creek-Knightville with pond, fountain, gazebo. The park regularly hosts four seasons of events: outdoor concerts, Art in the Park, Winterfest, ice skating, and holiday tree lighting. 

Wainwright Farm Recreation Complex - Although you need a permit to rent their 66 acres of athletic fields (baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, hurling), there is a free playground and free winter activities that include an ice skating rink, groomed cross country ski trails, and snowshoeing. The Greenbelt Walkway starts/ends here creating a 6 mile paved bike/walking trail to Bug Light Park.

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The Great Free Outdoors
South Portland