The City of Portland, Maine, and Ski Maine Association have teamed up on Payson Hill Terrain Park, one of three urban terrain parks in the United States.

Payson Park was created in 2007, and has become popular among area kids as an afterschool recreation spot.

The area has several new ski and snowboard features, including rails and boxes donated by Saddleback and Sunday River ski resorts and a large new mound made from surplus fill that raises the elevation of the ski and snowboard area. and a snowmaking system.

"The creation of this snow terrain park doesn't just mean that kids have a place to ski or snowboard, it also means that young people that may never have had a chance to try these great sports can," said Mayor Nicholas Mavodones in a story published in the Portland Press Herald.

"I look forward to the next Seth Wescott cutting his or her teeth here at Payson Park," Mavodones said, referring to Maine's Olympic gold medal snowboarder.

Jeff Tarling, Portland's director of parks and forestry, played a key role in creating the snowmaking\, and in driving the entire park project.

The Ski Maine Association will take part in Wednesdays in the Park, 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday from Jan. 5 to Feb. 12, where Maine ski areas will have skiers and riders at Payson Park demonstrating park safety, and proper style.

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