Portland Officials Tour Riverfront Park

June 5, 2014
Portland Town Planner Deanna Rhodes, Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Christie Carpino.

Portland Town Planner Deanna Rhodes, Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield, Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Christie Carpino.

State and local officials on June 3 toured Riverfront Park in Portland and discussed future enhancements to the land.


Sen. Art Linares speaks with Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield during a June 3 tour of Riverfront Park in Portland.

In May, Portland was awarded a $363,000 state grant for the Brownstone Avenue project’s final phase.

“This is an excellent project and a compliment to the many volunteers who work at Brownstone,” Rep. Christie Carpino said. “This final phase of the Riverfront project will provide significant economic benefit to the small businesses that line Portland’s Main Street.”

“These funds will improve Portland’s riverfront and make this area more accessible to residents and visitors alike, including customers of the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park,” Sen. Art Linares said.

The legislators thanked Portland First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield and Town Planner Deanna Rhodes for leading the tour.

Rep. Carpino and Sen. Linares pledged to continue working closely with town officials to make the project a success. The project will include:

  • installation of water and sewer connections to the pavilion
  • completion of the unfinished storage/utility room
  • free standing handicapped accessible restroom facilities
  • construction of a permanent band shell cover over the existing amphitheater stage
  • a driveway to the pavilion
  • installation of additional outdoor amenities

The park is a public-private partnership between the Town of Portland and Brownstone. Since the contract between Portland and Brownstone was signed in 2006, the Town has received $1,130,029, which is 15% of gate receipts.