Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

 

These two small parks on either side of Exchange Street are right in the heart of Portland’s Old Port, providing a place for local youths to hang out, shoppers to rest their feet and performers – from buskers to fire jugglers – to put on a show for everyone passing by. Among the laid bricks that make up most of Post Office Park, you’ll find stone benches and landscaped islands. During the day, at Tommy’s Park, you’re likely to come across Mark’s Hot Dogs, a long-established food cart with a following of regulars who hold court nearby. The park is also home to a visitor information kiosk and sits in the shadow of a colorful, abstract mural painted by South Portland artist Will Sears.