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Longfellow Arboretum
Longfellow Arboretum, in Payson Park

Edward Payson Park is a 47.5-acre (19.2 ha) public park on Ocean Avenue in Portland, Maine. It was named for either Rev. Edward Payson, or his son Edward Payson (1813-1890), although more likely named for the latter, who lived near the park in the "Payson House".[1]

Longfellow Arboretum

The Longfellow Arboretum is a 2.5-acre (1.0 ha) arboretum on the southwestern corner the park beside a small tidal marsh which connects the park to Back Cove.[2] As of August 2016, there are 125 trees,[3] including approximately 40 non-native trees, including Betula nigra, Cercidiphyllum, and Stewartia.

The Longfellow Garden Club, a member of the National Garden Club and the Garden Club Federation of Maine, created the Longfellow Arboretum on land donated by the City of Portland using a bequest from Mrs. Clifford Leys, a former member.[3] Today the Longfellow Garden Club and the City of Portland jointly maintain the Arboretum. It is named in honor of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) who grew up in the nearby Wadsworth-Longfellow House.

Sliding

Payson Park is a known as a top location for sliding and in 2008, Payson Hill Terrain Park, a ski, snowboard, and sledding terrain park located on the park's western edge, was established to encourage children to take up the sports.[4] It was the only municipal park in the United States to offer free skiing and riding lessons.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Writers Program (Maine). Portland City Guide, 1940. pg. 291
  2. ^ Places to Play Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine. City of Portland, Maine
  3. ^ a b "Longfellow Arboretum (Brochure)". City of Portland. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ It's all downhill fun from here Portland Press Herald, December 9, 2010
  5. ^ They're riding high Portland Press Herald, December 28, 2010

Coordinates: 43°40?53?N 70°16?03?W / 43.6814°N 70.2675°W / 43.6814; -70.2675



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