The city of Portland on Thursday will hold its first citywide parks forum. Called a “Green Space Gathering,” the forum is an initiative of the Portland Parks Commission, which is looking for the public to help it maintain small parks.

City Manager Joe Gray’s proposed budget calls for a reduction in park maintenance for the city’s smaller open spaces, such as Harbor View Park, Peppermint Park, Baxter Woods and Riverton Park, as well as flower plantings in the beds located throughout the city.

At Thursday’s forum, representatives from the Friends of Deering Oaks, Friends of Eastern Promenade, the Land Bank Commission, Spirits Alive, Compass Project, Peaks Island Community Garden, and Portland Trails will be on hand to talk about their organization and answer any questions.

The city’s Adopt-A-Spot/Park Program is designed to promote partnerships between Portland and its residents to maintain litter-free neighborhoods, streets and parks. The city provides the materials for the cleanup including trash bags, gloves, rakes, and bark mulch as well as takes away any of the refuse collected and the organization or volunteers provide the labor.

The meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. will take place at the Ocean Gateway Terminal.



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