Portland, Maine City Hall, photo by Ramona du Houx
By Ramona du Houx
This fall, the City of Portland and its partners launched an open space planning process. With help from Portland Trails and The Trust for Public Land, the City is engaging residents in developing a shared vision for Portland's open spaces. Answers to questions like: do Portlanders value outdoor recreation? Space to grow food? Green and climate-smart infrastructure? Natural beauty and respite from the urban setting? --will help Portland determine where we should grow, develop, protect, maintain and invest in our open spaces.
As part of the project, Portland Trails has been facilitating a series of public meetings and focus groups. At these meetings, in addition to facilitating dialogue about residents' open space needs and opportunities, the project team is administering a written survey to gather residents' input on what the city's open space priorities should be. The final meeting will take place in January at one of Portland's public schools.
Anyone unable to attend that meeting in person is urged to spend a few minutes taking this on-line open space survey, available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortlandOpenSpace The on-line survey will be open through the end of January, and people are encouraged to share the link with personal and professional networks and neighbors in order to reach as many Portlanders as possible.
All input received during the Community Conversations and via this on-line survey will be used to help inform project prioritization. Over the winter and into early spring, The Trust for Public Land will manage the prioritization phase of the project.