Portland Trails recently completed long-awaited erosion control work on the Loring Memorial Trail. Soon after the trail was opened with a "bike lane" along the edge of the steps (for adventurous riders, or people walking their bikes), it became clear that with the steep slope, running water, and skidding tires there would be a need for a harder surface next to the steps.
After temporary repairs this winter, the installation of a permanent surface of granite cobbles donated by the City of Portland was recently completed by Portland Trails staff and volunteers. The crew also repaired some erosion damage above the MaineDOT storm drain project at the end of Marginal Way. Leftover materials from these projects were used as a "placeholder" gardenbed near the entrance to the East End Water Treatment Plant, until the Bayside Trail/Eastern Prom plaza project is completed in the next year or two. Thanks to Jaime Parker and the entire Portland Trails crew!