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Posted on: September 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Park at Amethyst Lot Ribbon Cutting, Friday, Sept 18

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Please join members of the City Council, Parks Commission, Land Bank Commission, and the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of Portland’s newest park. The park at Amethyst Lot on Portland’s Waterfront will be the 67th park in Portland’s park system.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 am on Friday, September 18th at the park at Amethyst Lot, adjacent to the Eastern Prom Trail and the Ocean Gateway building. We ask that all attendees wear masks and observe social distancing during the event. 

In the heart of a rapidly developing neighborhood, the creation of the park preserves public recreational access to our beloved waterfront. Direct waterfront frontage provides access to fishing, community boating, trail use, and seating, and the park creates a space where Portlanders of all backgrounds can gather to enjoy the views of Casco Bay, feel the breeze on a warm summer day, and gather for events, food, and programs.

The park sits on what was formerly known as the "Amethyst Lot".  The lot was part of the original Atlantic and St. Lawrence and Railroad in the mid 19th century and later supported Grand Trunk Railroad’s transatlantic grain operations into the 20th century. After WWII, rail operations on-site declined and were largely abandoned by the late 1960’s. Later, the site would be used as a laydown area for Bath Iron Works shipbuilding operations, and as a construction site for off-shore oil rigs during the early 2000’s. Since the early 2000’s the lot has been used primarily as an overflow parking lot and as home to Sail Maine community boating program.

Today, Sail Maine continues to operate on the site providing community sailing for all ages and abilities. And with the development of the park space, perennial plant beds, trees, lawn, and seating areas, the park now will be helpful in absorbing storm water runoff into the bay, serving as urban wildlife and bird habitat, and as a place for all Portlanders to gather and enjoy their historic waterfront.

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