2014-12-19 / Community

City publication highlights what’s new, ‘green’

By Jason Glynn
Contributing Writer

South Portland Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront has unveiled a new publication called Green Scene. The magazine, available in digital and print, seeks to showcase the department’s programs and activities. The publication will be printed three times a year; winter/spring 2015 is available now.

Rick Towle, department director, said the publication’s goal is to “inform the public about the many wonderful opportunities they have to lead an active and healthy lifestyle here in South Portland.” Lisa Thompson, recreation coordinator, added, “We want to get the community more involved with what we do … and showcase all the wonderful things we accomplish.”

The publication will coordinate with South Portland Community TV’s “Green Scene” available on local access channel 2. “Green Scene” episodes also seek to showcase what the city’s parks, recreation and waterfront department offers residents.

The department came up with the concept last year to “provide the public with a much more informative publication … we also wanted to make the publication more user-friendly and more environmentally sustainable,” Towle said.

Thompson said Towle brought the idea with him from Maryland, where he launched a similar publication as director of parks and recreation for Talbot County.

Towle said the $7,500 production costs for the magazine is covered under the annual budget passed by the city council. “We plan to start partnering with local businesses over the next six months so it is self-funded,” Towle said.

He said hard copies of three installments will be available at city hall and the Redbank and South Portland Community Centers.

“We will also circulate it digitally to our users in several formats,” he said, including interactive and PDF forms.

The content is generated by department employees, but they hope to seek submissions from the public as the magazine develops, Towle said.

“I would love to see community members get involved and share their stories,” Thompson said.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages submit information about what our parks and programs mean to them,” Towle added.

The winter/spring issue is 20 pages, includes a message from the director, and is full of information about exciting events happening from now until May. Residents can find out everything from WinterFest 2015 to summer rec programs.

Green Scene will also feature interviews with department employees. Residents can learn about Whittney Dorset, the department’s new adult and senior recreation coordinator, and a new program she has created for seniors: Open Bowling 50-plus to be held at Easy Day Restaurant and Bowling Alley every Wednesday night.

To view Green Scene digitally, visit www.southportland.org, and find the Parks, Recreation & Waterfronts page, or stop by city hall for a print copy.

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