Baxter's Boulevard

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Baxter's Boulevard


An informational board, that includes a map and the names of all of the trails in Portland, a description of the works of Portland Trails, and a history of Portland's park system.



Date Created

circa 2000



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EXPLORE Portland's magic spaces

Over a century ago, Mayor James Phinney Baxter proposed and "emerald necklace" of interconnected parks in Portland: Back Cove, the Eastern and Western Promenades, Evergreen Cemetery, and Deering Oaks. in the 1980's, the City's Shoreway Access Plan dramatically expanded and enhanced that original vision by proposing a system of trails linking the city's places of wonder. The parks, marshes, rivers, and coastline of Portland give the "Forest City" a unique identity.

They are remnants of our natural heritage, crucial to our legacy. Since its founding in 1991, Portland Trails has helped make these plans a reality. Portland trails is a nonprofit land trust that preserves green spaces for public access and connects people with places. Our goals are to:
  • Create and maintain a 50-miles network of trails in greater Portland.
  • Engage the participation of neighborhood, schools, and the business community in trail use and land stewardship
  • Make Greater Portland a model for people-powered recreation and transportation.
Portland Trails is a membership organization that aims to build community as it builds trails. We partner with the City of Portland, businesses, individuals, schools, neighborhood organizations, and other non-profits. Together, we advocate for green space, building trails, and help make Greater Portland the most beautiful, livable place it can be. Join us outside and at

Did you know?
  • Walking 10,000 steps a day is considered an excellent level of physical activity. Doing in a complete circuit of this trail equals about 7,000 steps. Enjoy the Back Cove Trail in good health!
  • The City of Portland estimates that more than 250,00 people use Back Cove Trail each year.
  • There are 32 miles in the Portland Trails network.
  • Over 150 species of birds have been recorded in the Back Cove area. On a good day 40 or 50 species might be found.
  • The Cove is home to a significant marine worm population-- especially important to those shorebirds and waterfowl, because it's their primary food source!
  • There are over 400 Linden trees circling Back Cove. In the summer they are profusely clothed with large leaves and the result is a dense head of abundant foliage. The tree produces fragrant and nectar-producing flowers, the medicinal herb lime blossom. They are very important honey plants for beekeepers.




Portland Trails, “Baxter's Boulevard,” Portland’s Historical Markers, accessed April 15, 2021,