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Trails ~ Parks & Natural Areas ~ Engaging the Community

 

The South Portland Land Trust is a private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to these key goals:


Create a 20-mile network of trails interlinking South Portland neighborhoods to each other and to the trails of adjoining communities. 

Engage the community in park and trail use, open space protection, trail building and land stewardship. 

Encourage and support the acquisition of the priority open spaces. 



Sawyer Marsh Photo by Denise Michaud
 
 






 

 
 
 
 

 


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A Map for Every Member!
 
 
Each new member
will receive a Map
& Trail Guide.
 
 
If you have become
a member of the SPLT
in the last year, but have
not received a map, then
please contact us with
mailing information
and we will send one
right away.
 
If you are not a member and would like a map,
please send a check for $4.95 to SPLT,
P.O. Box 2312, South Portland, ME  04116
and we will send one (allow three weeks).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, April 19th
Mill Creek Park
8:30 am to 11 am 
  
Help Clean Up our Trails, Shorelines, Beaches and Parks
  
Time: Registration begins at 8:30am and event ends at 11:00 am.
  
Where: Sign-in and receive bags, and gloves at Mill Creek Park (across from Hannaford’s).
  
Clean Up Locations: You and your group can pick up supplies and then walk or drive to your preferred location, just bring back your bags by 11:00 am.
  
Who's Participating: This event is meant for everyone as it provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful and useful way.
 
We appreciate the formal participation of the following groups and businesses:  
  • The Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Association,
  • Home Depot,
  • The UNUM/South Portland Middle School Community Service Team,
  • The Riverview Foundation and
  • The Surfrider Foundation - Maine Chapter.
If your group would like to participate and clean up a certain area, then, have one member of your party sign-in for all your crew at Mill Creek on the day of the event. You give us a volunteer count and we'll give you bags and gloves.
Weather Information: This is a rain or shine event.
 
For more information, please contact the SPLT at sopolandtrust@gmail.com.
 
 
The Bug Light 5K Run & Walk 2014
Sunday, October 12th at 9 am
 

This event supports the park, trail and historical preservation projects of the South Portland Land Trust and the South Portland Historical Society. For More Information, go to Bug Light 5K.

 
 
Newsletter Archives
 
If you have become a member of the SPLT in the last year, but have not received our iContact Newsletters, then please know that we have just updated our iContact database so that all members should now receive a email copy of the newsletters in 2014. 
 
In addition, you can go to our news page to see 3 archived recent, popular newsletters. 
 
 
 
Hinckley Park Enhancement Projects
 
 
If you've visited Hinckley Park this fall and winter, you have most likely seen some improvements to the parking area, the shoreline and the trails. 
 
 
Using a water quality improvement grant from the Gulf of Maine Council, the SPLT, the City and the Maine DEP have been working together on a number of projects intended to reduce soil erosion and parking lot runoff entering the ponds and Kimball Brook. We hope to conduct more trail and shoreline work this year.
 
 
 
The Trout Brook Nature Preserve
Sign and Bench Installed! 
 
 
The trail from Boothby Avenue and from Providence Avenue to Sawyer Street is finally complete. Along the way, you follow one completely new section of trail, cross two new bog bridges and the new 45' Trout Brook bridge and you can even take a load off on two new granite benches. We will continue to plant native plants and wildflowers and remove invasive plants.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
Fall Clark's Pond Clean Up a Big Success
 
 
Eagle Scout candidate, Brad Mileson, worked with SPLT Program Manager, Jon Doré to plan and implement a project at Clark's Pond last fall to improve trails, install new signs and move a bridge to more stable footing. Funding for the project was donated by J. B. Brown & Sons, which also provided the SPLT with a public access trail easement for the Red Brook Trail.
 
 
 
The Maine Mall Wellness Loop is Ready!
 
 
The City of South Portland has improved sidewalks around one third of the perimeter of The Maine Mall. The SPLT has certified the quarter mile marks around the 1.5 mile route. The sign posts and mile marker signs, shown above, have been installed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The South Branch Trail has been Improved
 
 
The loop trail passes by the newly improved South Branch Trail, so if you are ready for a creekside stroll, give it a try as well.
 
 
The South Branch Trail has been resurfaced and improved with a kiosk and picnic tables. The trail is located on Philbrook Avenue across from the JC Penneys entrance to The Maine Mall. We used stone dust to hold off the surrounding grass and will later top dress this with trail mulch to better cushion your feet.
 
 
 
For more information, contact us at sopolandtrust@gmail.com.

 

 

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