Portland Parks Conservancy

The Portland Parks Conservancy was launched by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. to help support the numerous parks, trails, open spaces, programs, and recreational facilities of the City of Portland for public benefit, in order to enhance the quality of life, protect the environment, and promote the economic well-being of Portland. In November 2018, the Conservancy announced that it had named Nan Cumming to serve as its first Executive Director.

The Conservancy is an independent Maine non-profit corporation (IRS 501(c)(3)# 86 1417957), incorporated in August 2017, and launched in early 2018.

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Mission Statement

Support Portland’s parks, trails, and open spaces by raising philanthropic capital and encouraging civic engagement in alignment with community priorities.

Riverton Trolley Park Improvement Plan Public Meeting

The Portland Parks Conservancy is conducting a public process about the future of the park.

The land that is now Riverton Trolley Park has a rich history as a fishing area for Maine’s Native peoples, a canning factory, and as an amusement park that could be reached by trolley from downtown Portland.  It became a City of Portland public park in 1947 but this spectacular open space on the Presumpscot River does not seem to get a lot of use today.  Working with the City of Portland Department of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities, the Portland Parks Conservancy is committed to making changes needed to draw people to this little used public resource off Forest Avenue.  The Parks Conservancy is launching an initiative to learn from Riverton neighbors and other park users throughout the city what amenities they would like to see added to the space.  There are three ways the public can engage with the process: