The Eastern Prom in Portland is usually full of activity and the host to many community events but on a cold winter day I ventured down to this waterfront location and captured a few quieter winter moments. The park was empty and isolated but the views were still spectacular.
While the park was deserted, the snowman standing guard among the playground equipment and the many pairs of footprints frozen into the snow underneath the swing set showed that even in the winter the park still gets plenty of little visitors. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, the Eastern Promenade is also a great spot for sledding that doesn’t seem to draw the crowds of some other locations, but offers a great hill with amazing views.1
It’s all about staying active when the temperatures drop. There is even a Portland based nonprofit focused on keeping kids active during winter. WinterKids offers a passport for middle school aged children that provides discounts throughout the area on winter activities. They also host family days at local ski areas and other winter events. They’re teaching children to be active at a young age and embrace our Maine winters.
Looking for other fun things to do in this area? There is a great hiking trail maintained by Portland Trails that I’ve blogged about before in my post Hiking Maine | Going Urban (Sort Of) on the Eastern Promenade and in the summer you can buy the most amazing donuts at the Urban Sugar Donuts Food Truck which I blogged about in my post Five Local Doughnut Shops to Try before Krispy Kreme Arrives but sadly they are not there in the winter.
The Friends of the Eastern Promenade is a non-profit that takes care of the park. The mission statement on their website states, “Friends of the Eastern Promenade is a nonprofit community organization committed to preserving the park’s significant historic public landscape, protecting its environmental integrity, and enhancing recreational use.”2
They host a summer concert series as well as other events including an annual April Stools Day & Community Cleanup which has been going on since 1995 and is scheduled for April 28th this year. What a great event name! It’s so wonderful to see the commitment of community organizations like this in keeping our public spaces clean, safe and engaging.
Do you have a favorite park or or public space in your city?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.
1Writer, D. F. (2017, February 13). Eastern Promenade has history as an ideal Portland sledding spot. Retrieved March 19, 2018, from https://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/25/eastern-promenade-an-ideal-sledding-spot-but-not-the-most-popular/
2 Home. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2018, from https://easternpromenade.org/
|things to know|
|Place||Friends of the Eastern Promenade|
|Address||P.O. Box 16025
Portland, ME 04112
|Winter Scene||Empty Plaground|
|Website||Friends of the Eastern Promenade|
|Favorite ♥||Ocean Views|