Ludlow pond meeting: Update



Update from Ethan Hipple, Parks Director re Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting:
We had a very productive meeting where we discussed the history of the pond and current and future maintenance. Here is the complete slideshow:

Short term: We will continue to manage as an ice skating pond and stormwater detention facility, along with habitat around the edges. We are looking at expanding native meadow habitat surrounding the pond. We have numerous urban meadows around the city and are creating new habitat each year–for example a new meadow just was planted with butterfly weed and native wildlflower mix on Western prom yesterday! That will happen surrounding Ludlow Pond in the next few weeks.

Medium term projects: tree planting, expanded habitat. Tree planting season is almost over for this year, but we heard that folks would like to see more trees along Ludlow St, and we agree that is a good idea.

Long term: explore alternative locations for skating pond in the neighborhood. This would require funding and an appropriate location, not on an athletic field.

Take care,



Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery

Ludlow Pond Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm–7:00pm
Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery

You are invited to join Councilor Brenerman and Portland Parks Division for a neighborhood discussion on the past, present and future management of Ludlow Pond. Parks staff will share information on the original 1934 design of the stormwater detention and skating pond, as well as changes made in the 1950’s and 1980’s. Parks staff will talk about current maintenance practices, pond restoration efforts, recreation opportunities, and plans to create more pollinator and wildlife habitat in the area. We invite the public to attend to learn about the site, make comment, or ask questions.

We hope you can join us. More information at



Forest Ecology and Urban Forest Management Talk: May 24, 2017

wilde chapel Lecture:  Forest Ecology and Urban Forest Management. Presenter: Dr. Kevin Smith, US Forest Service and  Jeff Tarling, Portland City Arborist.

Wednesday, May 24th 5:00 – 6:30 pm

At Wilde Chapel, Evergreen Cemetery


Description: Join US Forest Service Plant Physiologist Kevin Smith and City Arborist Jeff Tarling as they give a talk on Urban Forest Management. The concept of conducting urban forest management is an often overlooked component of maintaining sustainable, long term forests. While the equipment used for this work is similar to timber harvesting on private or commercial lots, the urban forest management project has a focus on improving forest health, habitat, and recreation activities. Understanding the landscape history of New England and how our forests have evolved demonstrate the resiliency and human influences that shaped today’s remaining forested open spaces.


Baxter Commemoration: Monday, May 8th


Lincoln Middle School Odyssey Team


LMS Odyssey of the Mind Team was featured in a recent Forecaster article

A talented team from Lincoln Middle School  has recently competed in the state meet and now has a chance to go to the world competition at Michigan State University. Odyssey of the Mind is an international, creative problem-solving program that engages students in learning by teams use their knowledge, creativity, and natural talents.

How can you help get this talented team to MSU? There are plenty of ways coming up in the next few weeks:

April 29th: Car Wash at Westgate Shopping Center 9 am – 1 pm

April 30th: Bottle Drive – leave your bottles on your front porch for pick up.

Dine Out: a portion of the nights profits will be donated to the team:

May 2nd:  Salvage BBQ, 919 Congress Street, Portland

May 9th: Otto’s pizza, John Roberts Road, So. Portland

May 10th: BGoode, 15 Exchange Street, Portland

Or, Donate by check made payable to Lincoln Middle School Odyssey of the Mind, 522 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103

Go Fund Me: Odyssey of the Mind Worlds


Good luck Team LMS!!!


Urban Run Off & Green Neighbor Fest: April 22, 2017


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Start Time:
5 km Run/Walk: 9:00 a.m.

Start & Finish Location:
Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04102

Race Location:
The race will start on Ludlow Street near the tennis courts behind Deering High School. The race ends on Stevens Avenue in front of Deering High School.

Free parking will be available behind Deering High School, at Longfellow Elementary School, and on the surrounding neighborhood streets. Parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis with normally scheduled events taking place at local fields. Please arrive early to park in the parking lots close to the school. A parking map is available here.

green neighbor

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Deering High School, Stevens Avenue, Portland
Cost: FREE!

The Urban Runoff leads into the Green Neighbor Family Fest, where families and community members take part in hands-on activities about water, learn steps to becoming a green neighbor, and have an all-around good time!

The festival is the City of Portland’s annual kick off for their Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams program, which encourages residents to help keep Capisic Brook clean.

DCNA will have a table – drop by and say hello!


Earth Day E-Waste Recycle


Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands – Forest Management Project Begins

News from the City’s Forestry Division

Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands – Forest Management Project Begins

The Evergreen Cemetery Forest Management project began this week. Crews mobilized equipment to Evergreen Cemetery over the February 18 weekend in preparation. Equipment access to Evergreen Cemetery woods is via Brentwood Street Gate.

Trail access in the work area will be closed Monday – Friday for the next couple of weeks while the work is in progress. The snow cover is ideal to minimize impact to the forest floor, though disruptive to cross country skiing. As with similar work conducted at Pine Grove Park in 2013 and Riverton Trolley Park and Riverside Golf Course last year, the sustainable forest management work will have long term benefits.

The Evergreen Cemetery woodlands forest management plan was recommended by the Maine Forest Service via a grant from the US Forest Service to help communities with better management of their woodlands. The proposed thinning work will remove risk trees and thin sections of the woods to improve health. Conducting this type of work in an urban setting requires patience as the project looks ‘messy’ and disruptive when in progress while the results of reduced risk and improved forest health will last for decades. The window to conduct this work is relatively short as frozen ground and snow cover are needed to reduce impact to the forest floor. The project is expected to last two to three weeks depending on conditions.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this important work.

For more information: