p-winterrec-123108 City offers many opportunities for winter fun

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PORTLAND — With winter’s arrival there are lots of options in the city for outdoor activities.
At Riverside Golf Course, city crews have groomed trails for cross-country skiing along the Presumpscot River. Riverside also offers opportunities for sledding and snowboarding. Rails that were donated recently by Sunday River and  Bogey’s restaurant are open seven days a week.
The hill at Payson Park is also a popular spot for sledding and tubing, with a fun box and a rail for snowboarders.
A trip on a sled down the Eastern Promenade hill is always a little scary, but fun. There are also opportunities at the Prom for telemark and cross-country skiing.
Several parks in the city have trails and open fields for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. At Capisic Pond Park there are open, snow-covered fields. Evergreen Cemetery Woods has 100 acres of forest with trails for skiing and snowshoeing. The main entrance to the cemetery is 672 Stevens Ave.
Baxter Woods, also off Stevens Avenue, has wooded trails suitable for skiing and snowshoeing, and dogs are allowed in the woods.
Miles of trails can be explored at Oatnut Park and the Presumpscot River Preserve. The park, with access off Summit Street or Allen Avenue Extension, has trails that lead through the woods to the river and to Presumpscot Falls.
Riverside Trolley Park, off Riverside Street, has trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing that connect to the Riverside Golf Course trails.
Ice skating spots around the city are expected to be ready next week, if the weather cooperates. The city maintains skating rinks at Deering High School, on Ludlow Street; Deering Oaks Park; the Breakwater School Pond at Nason’s Corner; Payson Park, and a lighted rink at Riverside Golf Course. Lessons and skate sharpening are available at the Portland Ice Arena on Park Avenue.
For more information on outdoor winter activities go to portlandmaine.gov. For more information on trails and access points, go to trails.org, the Web site of Portland Trails.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net