The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 18, at 11:00 am at Portland Landing, (formerly Amethyst Lot), on the eastern waterfront of Portland. The 3 acre venue is adjacent to the Eastern Promenade Trail and the Ocean Gateway building.
Funding for this, the 67th Portland park, was to have come from the sale of the nearby property to WEX for its waterfront headquarters city manager Jon Jennings has stated publicly. The original plans for Portland Landing have been dramatically downsized since its original planning.
Portland Landing has been planned for many years as a possible place for public access to the waterfront. At a meeting of the Economic Development Committee last October 10, plans were presented by Director Ethan Whipple for new sections of sea wall, steps to the water, docks and a community boating center and more. But those features have mostly been eliminated in this iteration. About 5,000 residents live in the area.
City Councilor Justin Costa, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, wondered aloud at several Committee meetings “if this project will get financial support from the Council.” Costa, a conservative member of the City Council, is running for the at-large seat being vacated by Anti-Housing Housing Chair Councilor Jill Duson.
Recently it was used for an overflow parking lot for taxis lining up to serve customers disembarking from cruise ships – when there were cruise ships previously. The space was given the name Amythest Lot when Cianbro did rigging work for BIW in the area.
Please wear face coverings and observe social distancing practices if you attend.
Please visit posts herein dated August 23, 2016, November 14, 2018 and October 10, 2019 for more background information on the site.