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  • Portland, Maine, secures $750,000 federal funds to build a new waterfront park

    Portland Maine has been granted $750,000 federal funds to build a new waterfront park, called “Portland Landing,” along the eastern waterfront.

    “Portland’s parks, trails, and outdoor spaces play a critical role in providing access to the bodies of water that make it an attractive destination,” said Sen. Angus King. “This funding will boost revitalization efforts to improve this area of the city by providing new recreational opportunities for underserved residents and creating vital connections to the Portland waterfront from the downtown district, benefiting residents and visitors of Portland.”

    City officials revealed a $16million plan two years ago to convert a 1.5-acre surface parking lot, known as the Amethyst lot, into a public park.

    The park's concept includes an area for outdoor events, a boardwalk, large oversize steps leading down to the water and a community boating area. Plans called for a more natural area along the northern upland side, including berms and other features to protect against potential storm surges. 

    The interim park will have raised planter beds, benches and low walls made of reclaimed granite, trees and perennials, lawn areas, walking paths along the water’s edge, a wooden guard rail, swing benches, a plaza for events and food trucks, a small parking area and a Sail Maine roadway, a nonprofit sailing school.

    This grant was awarded through the National Park Service’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program, a program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Program.

    Last year, legislation to permanently reauthorize the LWCF was enacted In Washington D.C. In April, Sens. Collins and Sen. King, of Maine, joined a bipartisan group in introducing legislation to permanently fund LWCF at $900 million per year.