The Portland Landing planning process led to the creation of the new interim park at Amethyst Lot, and to increased discussion and desire for a larger waterfront park in Portland. The planning effort that was spurred by the Portland Landing Plan will serve to inform the work currently underway for the Portland Harbor Common project.
Both projects envision vibrant waterfront parks that serve a wide variety of users, and tie into existing trail infrastructure, as well as waterfront connections to the islands and Fort Gorges. The primary difference between the two plans is that the Portland Harbor Common Plan scope includes the Amethyst Lot, Moontide Park, and the area currently known as the Queuing Lanes (the large parking lot between Ocean Gateway and the Portland Ocean Terminal), while the Portland Landing project envisioned park improvements only at Moontide Park and Amethyst Lot. Stay tuned to the Portland Harbor Common page for more information as that project progresses.
"Portland Landing" is the concept name for the redevelopment of the the vacant lot along Portland's Waterfront, historically known as Amethyst Lot. The 3 acre property (along with 10 acres of water in the study area) sits on the waterfront, directly to the east of Portland Ocean Gateway.
Portland Landing will serve as a gateway from the city to Casco Bay, and as a welcoming landing to our city from the water. It will provide open space, native vegetation, storm and climate resiliency, stormwater treatment, recreation, and public event space. It will provide access for visitors of all ages to appreciate and connect with marine and shoreland ecosystems. It will provide hills with expansive views of Casco Bay, Ft Gorges and Portland's island communities. It will provide a landing for community sailing programs, public temporary berthing, and water taxi access. It is a place to touch the water, fish, eat lunch from local food trucks, attend special events and concerts, or just sit back and take it all in. All of Portland's residents and visitors can watch the ferries come and go, learn to sail, take a stroll along the promenade, or use it as a start and ending point to access Portland's extensive bike network. Portland Landing is for everyone.