The City offers numerous cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and snowboarding opportunities.
Grooming operations at Riverside Golf Course have been completed and seven kilometers of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails are open. There are hills for snowboarding, sledding and tubing at the golf coarse.
City staff turned four snowmaking guns onto Payson Hill in Payson Park to improve sledding conditions.
Skating will be offered at Payson pond. The City will work with Portland Gear Hub and Camp Ketcha to rent hockey and figure skates every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rentals are $3 for kids and $5 for adults.
Also at Payson Park is the new terrain park that includes a rail, fun box (wider rail), and mini half pipe.
On the Eastern Prom Hill find more opportunities to sled, tube, telemark and cross-country ski.
Deering Oaks, Ludlow Street and Nason’s Corner ponds have all been recently flooded and are currently operational, and great skating conditions are being reported.
Classes and open skate times are available at the Ice Arena. Call 774-8553 or visit the City’s website for more information.
Evergreen Cemetery Woods and Baxter Woods in the Deering neighborhoods offer over one hundred acres of forest with trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or walking Baxter Woods, located off Hartley Street between Forest and Stevens Avenues, is open to dogs.
There are also miles of trails along the Presumpscot River leading to the Presumpscot Falls, with trailheads on Allen Avenue Extension and Summer Street.
For more information on winter recreation in Portland, visit the City’s website at http://www.portlandmaine.gov/390/Recreation.