Parks Commission

parks commission strategic planning meeting 2/18/2021

The Parks Commission held a Remote Strategic Planning meeting on 2/18/2021 at 5:00pm. The topic of the meeting was: "Friends Group's Relationships to the Parks Commission" and it included a discussion about general Memorandums of Understating for Friends Groups.

Click here to watch the Remote Parks Commission Strategic Planning Meeting held on 2/18/2021.

NOTICE:  THE PARKS COMMISSION WILL BE MEETING VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Parks Commission Ft Gorges Trip 2019

About the Commission


The Parks Commission is a group of volunteer members of the community who are interested in the stewardship of the City of Portland Parks. Each month the Commission meets with the Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department and the Parks Director to review projects and proposals.

The Commission also receives citizen input prior to and during each monthly public meeting to provide recommendations to the Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the City Council.

mission statement


The Mission of the Portland Parks Commission is to advocate for the enhancement and stewardship of our parks and open spaces, to review and propose projects that impact parks and open spaces and recommend appropriate action, to foster collaboration among park users and the City, to promote public access and enjoyment of our parks and open spaces, and to advocate for public and private funding for parks and open spaces.  Enjoy Portland for Life! 


 Meetings

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
First Thursday of each month
Portland Parks Commission will conduct a virtual meeting using
emergency legislation approved by LD 2167; 1 M.R.S. §403­A, that authorizes cities and towns to conduct meetings online. This meeting will be conducted remotely using Zoom.


Allow your computer to install the free Zoom app to get the best meeting experience. We hope to be able to offer other live­stream methods in the future. If you are not able to attend live,
we will be posting a recording of the meeting once it has concluded.

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AGENDA AND MINUTES


Meeting minutes are available following approval.
View All Agendas and Minutes

Information related to the proposal for the Baxter Woods Leash Ordinance Change that will be discussed at the April 4 Parks Commission meeting can be found in the agenda center via the link above or directly here

LOVE PORTLAND

Love Portland square Portland's Parks Commission worked tirelessly with the Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department to recreate the Parks Gift Catalog as a digital catalog, now titled "Love Portland".

Portland’s parks and open spaces are a treasure – an important element of who we are. They anchor Portland’s spectacular natural setting and offer repose and recreation for the population of Maine’s largest city and for her many visitors.

Of all the cities in the United States, none can compete with Portland’s unique natural setting – overlooking the beauties of Casco Bay, her islands and seaway to the East, and the White Mountains to the West. Portland’s parks ensure that these priceless vistas can be enjoyed by present and future generations of Portland residents and visitors. Portland’s parks did not just happen. They resulted from the vision, dedication, and generosity of many Portland residents and friends over the past two centuries. Public support for parks and open spaces is organized through the Parks Commission and the many Friends groups for Portland’s parks and open spaces. Actual implementation of parks improvements is managed by the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities. These contributions act as an important supplementary roles in making Portland's parks as special as they are today.

CLICK THE LOVE PORTLAND LOGO throughout our website or TEXT "PORTLAND" TO 71777 to see the several tax deductible ways that you can contribute to the improvement of Portland’s parks, either through contributions for specific park amenities or support for recreational programs.

Proposed Baxter Woods Ordinance Change Documents

Green Space Gathering


The Green Space Gathering is an annual occasion for the Parks Commission and the public to celebrate the significant triumphs the City's parks have made throughout the year. 

The 2020 Green Space Gathering has been cancelled due to COVID19. We are hoping to be able to meet in person next Spring. More details to come when we get closer to that date.

Current Parks Commissioners

Commissioner     District/Rep Term Start Term End Biography
Ana Lagunez
At Large
06/30/2018 06/30/2021  
Nathan Robbins At Large 06/15/2017 06/30/2021 Nathan has worked in state and local park systems since 2007 and, as a Portland resident, is a regular user of and advocate for the city’s parks. He is proud to be on Portland’s Parks Commission and is passionate about parks as a means to grow and maintain economic vitality, offer a respite for healthy recreation and reflection, provide clean air and water, support wildlife, and link communities together.
Amy Segal At Large 06/15/2020 06/30/2022  
Michael Mertaugh, V. Chair At Large 06/14/2014 06/30/2023 Michael came to Portland in 2008 after a thirty-year career as an economist for the World Bank, working with governments on projects and policy analysis in in more than thirty countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and the former Soviet Union. Portland's magnificent parks were one of the reasons why him and his wife decided to relocate to Maine. He is currently a trustee of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery, and until recently served on the Board of Greater Portland Landmarks. He pleased to be able to serve on Portland's Parks Commission to help protect and improve our magnificent parks as a permanent asset for all of Portland's residents and visitors."
Maya Lena At Large 01/20/2021 06/30/2023 Maya Lena lives in the Nason’s Corner Neighborhood of Portland with her husband and two young children. Maya is the President of the Nason's Corner Neighborhood Association and Vice Chair of the Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Committee. Maya has experience teaching students from elementary to undergraduate level in both art and outdoor education. Maya is most interested in maintaining Portland's Parks so that all park users feel safe, comfortable and welcome.
Shaylyn MacKinnon At Large 01/20/2021 06/30/2023 Shaylyn grew up among the islands of Casco Bay, enjoying kayaking trips to Fort Gorges and conducting two summer internships with the Fort McKinley Historical Museum at Diamond Cove. Following her college graduation, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps as an Education Volunteer in Rwanda, developing her language and community outreach skills. Upon an early return home due to COVID-19, she began her AmeriCorps service assisting in an ELL classroom at the Reiche Community School. Shaylyn is a frequent user of Portland's parks system and hopes to use her position to help spread awareness and equitable access of the parks for all Portland residents.
Vacant Seat At Large   06/30/2022  
Marie Gray Friends of Deering Oaks 06/20/2018 06/30/2021  
Zack Anchors Friends of Eastern Promenade 06/19/2017 06/30/2023 Zach is a native of Old Town, Maine who now lives on Munjoy Hill and serves on the board of the Friends of the Eastern Promenade. He owns Portland Paddle, a sea kayaking and paddleboarding outfitter based at the East End Beach. Zack also works as a freelance writer and teacher."
Cynthia Loebenstein, Chair Friends of Evergreen Chair 2019- Present 11/01/2012  06/30/2021 Cynthia is a resident in the Deering Center area of Portland where she has lived for 30 years raising two daughters with her husband Tom. She is a practicing architect and a past president of the Friends of Evergreen (Cemetery). As a tennis player, hiker, biker and paddler, she is an avid proponent of Portland Parks and is proud of this beautiful city by the sea.
Jon Kachmar Land Bank Commission Rep Rep as of 2020 6/30/2022 Jon's background includes directing programs in multiple New England states focused on regional coastal habitat protection and restoration as well as urban conservation strategies focused on brining the benefits of nature to people living in cities. Jon has worked on coastal habitat restoration projects from Long Island, New York to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia including salt marsh restoration, dam removal and river realignment projects. His work has included several opportunities to build programs from inception, and he has extensive experience with facilitating diverse partnerships representing environmental nonprofits and other sectors.

Jaime Parker Portland Trails Rep 01/20/21 06/30/2023  
Kate Snyder, Mayor City Council     Kate Snyder is the third popularly elected mayor for the City of Portland in more than nine decades. Mayor Snyder was elected November 6, 2019 and was inaugurated for a four-year term on December 2, 2019. Mayor Snyder is the third full-time mayor for the city following changes to the City Charter approved by the voters in November 2010. Prior to these changes, the city’s mayor was elected by and chosen from among the nine-member City Council for a one-year term.

Staff Members

  • Ethan Hipple, Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities
  • Alex Marshall,  Director of Parks
  • Samara Ray, Parks Recreation & Facilities Senior Executive Assistant

Parks Commission Annual Report

Historical Park Commission Annual Reports