South Portland, ME
South Portland, Maine
Overlooking the skyline of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay, the coastal city of South Portland is popular for its parks and close-knit community. The historic Greenbelt walkway is famous for it’s harbor views. Mill Creek Park hosts local events including summer concerts, Art in the Park festival, holiday tree lighting and ice skating in the winter. Hinckley Park is popular with dog walkers, kids learning to fish and has a community garden. The oldest homes in South Portland, are located in the Meeting House Hill neighborhood. Loveitts Field is a much sought after beautiful waterfront neighborhood where most of the homes offer extraordinary views of the Ship Channel, Casco Bay, islands and lighthouses.
South Portland has become a center for retail and industry in the region. Portland International Jetport, the busiest airport in the state strattles Portland and South Portland. The Maine Mall -the largest in the state of Maine, features over 140 stores, a food court and anchor stores like Macy’s. There are also several restaurant/retail box stores nearby.
Useful links for South Portland:
Maine Mall- http://www.mainemall.com/
Portland International Jetport- http://www.mainemall.com/
South Portland Historical Society- http://www.southportland.org/our-city/historical-society/
The Maine Mall- http://www.mainemall.com/
Southern Maine Community College –http://www.smccme.edu/
South Portland Public Library- http://southportlandlibrary.com/
Spring Point Ledge Light- http://www.springpointledgelight.com/
Lyric Music Theater- http://www.lyricmusictheater.org/
Portland Players Theater- http://www.portlandplayers.org/
Located on Portland harbor, Willard Beach is known for its views of Spring Point Light as well as islands and Fort Gorges. The beach is not crowded and is a well kept secret by the locals but those who visit it are awed by its beauty and charm - be it the colorful small boats bobbing in the water, the old fishing shacks or the view of the Casco Bay Islands. The little playground and lots of rocks to scavenge around, the beach is equally popular among the kids.
A stroll on Willard Beach will bring you to Southern Maine Community College and the adjacent Spring Point Shoreway, where you can explore Fort Preble and Spring Point Light.
The neighborhood of Loveitts Field in South Portland offers breathtaking views of the sea, community spirit, antique charm and an outstanding oceanfront location. Walk to local charming shops, galleries and restaurants or spend days exploring rugged coastline and sandy beaches.
The waterfront neighborhood of Meetinghouse Hill has some of the oldest historical buildings in South Portland. The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of South Portland, Maine, has been part of the Portland community since 1733. The church was established as the Second Parish of Falmouth, to serve the early European settlers on the south side of the Fore River. That was in the days when Mainers were under the British flag, part of Massachusetts, and within the boundaries of Falmouth — later renamed Portland. Native peoples were in evidence, and block-houses were a familiar site. In 1734 our forbears built their first Meetinghouse church (across from modern-day Cottage Road in what is now the Mount Pleasant Cemetery). Today the 1st Congregationalist UCC church is widely known as “The Church on Meetinghouse Hill,” which serves people from South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and Portland.
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