A partnership between the South Portland Land Trust and City of South Portland
Located at the corner of Westbrook Street and Main Street, Sawyer Park is South Portland's newest public park. Its 2.3 acres feature a play structure for children, a walking path, and benches.
When a development proposal threatened this former playing field for the old Sawyer School, neighbors in the Thornton Heights neighborhood and leaders from the South Portland Land Trust and the adjacent Congregation Bet Ha'am convinced City leaders to retain ownership of the property for use as a park. In 2015, the City of South Portland granted the South Portland Land Trust a conservation easement on the property. In 2016, the City installed new stone walls, an entrance on Westbrook Street, new trees, a pathway, and benches. Around the same time, members of Congregation Bet Ha'am donated almost $100,000 toward the park's improvement and maintenance. In 2017, the Land Trust donated about $56,000 of that money to the City to purchase the play structure.
The South Portland Land Trust is seeking input about future possibilities for the park. Get in touch if you want to be involved in the future of this public space!