Payson Park

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Longfellow Arboretum, in Payson Park

Edward Payson Park is a 47.5-acre (19.2 ha) public park on Ocean Avenue in Portland, Maine.

Longfellow Arboretum[edit]

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.[1] The arboretum contains approximately 40 non-native trees, including Betula nigra, Cercidiphyllum, and Stewartia. The arboretum is named in honor of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) who grew up in the nearby Wadsworth-Longfellow House.


Payson Park's is a known as a top location for sliding and in 2008, Payson Hill Terrain Park, a ski and snowboard terrain park located on the park's western edge, was established to encourage children to take up the sports.[2] It was the only municipal park in the United States to offer free skiing and riding lessons.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Places to Play City of Portland, Maine
  2. ^ It's all downhill fun from here Portland Press Herald, December 9, 2010
  3. ^ 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