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    Interested in becoming more involved with Clifford park? We are having a Friends of Clifford Park virtual meeting tomorrow evening and would love some new faces. Please email [email protected] for more info ... See MoreSee Less

    Maine Trails CoalitionHappy World Wildlife Day! This year MTC would like to highlight the importance of keeping wildlife in mind while trail planning. #worldwildlifeday #WWD2021

    “No matter how carefully we tread and no matter how much we desire to “leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures”— building trails can affect wildlife. By entering an area, we may change the ecology of a system that is complex and frequently hard to understand. Sometimes the effects of building and using a trail are minor and fleeting. Other times they may be more substantial and long-lasting.”
    www.americantrails.org/resources/planning-trails-with-wildlife-in-mind-introduction

    Additionally, as the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy notes, ““greenways and trails help preserve important natural landscapes, provide needed links between fragmented habitats and offer tremendous opportunities for protecting plant and animal species. They also can be useful tools for wetland preservation and the improvement of air and water quality. In addition, they can allow humans to experience nature with minimal environmental impact.”
    www.railstotrails.org/experience-trails/benefits-of-trails/
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    Some graffiti looks kinda cool, but ANYWHERE IN NATURE IS NOT THE PLACE FOR IT. Super stoked these kids think so too. ... See MoreSee Less

    NEW STORYWALK ALERT!

A new winter tale has been installed on the Storywalk. Just in time to enjoy  @BiddefordWinterWeek!

Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! by Rebecca Rule is now available!

Thank you for all of our volunteers and to McArthur Public Library for your continue support of Storywalk! Heart of Biddeford

    NEW STORYWALK ALERT!

    A new winter tale has been installed on the Storywalk. Just in time to enjoy @BiddefordWinterWeek!

    Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! by Rebecca Rule is now available!

    Thank you for all of our volunteers and to McArthur Public Library for your continue support of Storywalk! Heart of Biddeford
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    My kids and I love these! Thanks for everything you all do!!

    it cold at Clifford park to walk their i love to read that book to grandkids so is library open to take book out again

    So looking forward to bringing my grandson who just loves to read!

    Debbie Downing

    McArthur Library will be at the park this Saturday, February 20th to celebrate #WinterWeek and celebrate the installation of the new Storywalk. We will have hot cocoa (and coffee for bigs), treats for the trail and special surprise give-aways. Join us from 11 AM - 2 PM or whenever the cocoa runs out.

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    One of the first initiatives Friends of Clifford Park is taking with the Woodard & Curran Foundation grant money is getting local youth involved! The kids participating in Apex Youth Connections Trek2Connect program have noticed several graffiti sites and have helped FoCP in the past by cleaning up the tagging. To support their stewardship of the park, Heart of Biddeford Director Delilah Poupore and FoCP member Joe McKenney presented them with a graffiti cleaning kit. Picture are Delilah Poupore executive Director of Heart of Biddeford, Rebecca Cote, Trek2Connect Program Manager and Trek2Connect youth Caleb Wert, John Gaudet and Robert Stetson. Will Attwater and Ryan Quimby are not pictured.    Heart of Biddeford City Government Biddeford MaineApex Youth Connection, Biddeford Recreation Department Saco Bay News Woodard & Curran Foundation

    One of the first initiatives Friends of Clifford Park is taking with the Woodard & Curran Foundation grant money is getting local youth involved! The kids participating in Apex Youth Connection's Trek2Connect program have noticed several graffiti sites and have helped FoCP in the past by cleaning up the tagging. To support their stewardship of the park, Heart of Biddeford Director Delilah Poupore and FoCP member Joe McKenney presented them with a graffiti cleaning kit. Picture are Delilah Poupore executive Director of Heart of Biddeford, Rebecca Cote, Trek2Connect Program Manager and Trek2Connect youth Caleb Wert, John Gaudet and Robert Stetson. Will Attwater and Ryan Quimby are not pictured. Heart of Biddeford City Government Biddeford MaineApex Youth Connection, Biddeford Recreation Department Saco Bay News Woodard & Curran Foundation ... See MoreSee Less

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    Thank you for your support of Apex Youth and their service to their community. Stewardship of amazing resources like Clifford Park AND engaged, involved youth -- a win-win!

    I’ve tried graffiti removers and I think Taginator works best. I’m saying this in case there are problems removing the graffiti.

    Lisa Poirier Edstrom

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    5 months ago

    Andrea Hafner-Mishkin

    Hey! I was at the park with my 1yo daughter the other day and was wondering if there's any way a fence could be put up around the playground area. The low wooden railing or whatever you want to call it between the playground and the busy street doesn't seem like a very effective barrier...yes, I know we parents need to watch our kids but it would be nice to have the area fully fenced in so we don't have to be quite so stressed out following the younger ones around as they play and explore! I also know that one of the local child care centers often brings groups of preschoolers to the park and I am sure it would make life a little easier for their teachers as well. ... See MoreSee Less

    6 months ago

    Rebecca Cote
    Apex Youth Connection kids form the Trek2Connect program adopted a section of the park that was tagged with graffiti. We spent some time last week removing some and cleaning up illegal fire pits. Our kids use this park frequently and Im super proud of them to step up to the plate and care for Biddefords back yard!

    Apex Youth Connection kids form the Trek2Connect program adopted a section of the park that was tagged with graffiti. We spent some time last week removing some and cleaning up illegal fire pits. Our kids use this park frequently and I'm super proud of them to step up to the plate and care for Biddeford's back yard! ... See MoreSee Less

    10 months ago

    Martin Grohman
    Seen in Clifford Park today!

    Seen in Clifford Park today! ... See MoreSee Less

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    This patch had 5, not sure I got them all in my pic.

    I found two on my ride last Sunday!

    1 years ago

    Rachel Rioux
    I found these on the trail today, left at Pool St entrance.

    I found these on the trail today, left at Pool St entrance. ... See MoreSee Less

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    The trail can be accessed from Pool Street (ME-208/9) in Biddeford across from the intersection with Parent Avenue. Follow Pool Street approximately one quarter mile from Hill Street towards the ocean, and look for Clifford Park on the right. There are tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a basketball court, swings and a playground.

    Description

    Clifford Park in Biddeford is a spider web of very twisty, rocky and rooty singletrack for mountain bikers or hikers. For bikers, this group of trails will challenge your technical skills. The trails are marked, but not universally well marked. Starting from the trailhead by the tennis courts, continue along the wide path approximately 250 yards to a sweeping left marked by black blazes to the first trail intersection and the entire network. Generally speaking, the outer loop is more level and wide and well suited for casual walking and riding, while the internal network is more challenging. A scenic waterfall is located just outside the park grounds along the east side near Parkside Drive (just off the red trail). The Community Bicycle Center is located at 44 Granite Street along the west side.

    Other Information

    Park hours are dawn to dusk.

    PDF Map:  CP_Trails

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    NEW STORYWALK ALERT!

A new winter tale has been installed on the Storywalk. Just in time to enjoy  @BiddefordWinterWeek!

Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! by Rebecca Rule is now available!

Thank you for all of our volunteers and to McArthur Public Library for your continue support of Storywalk! Heart of Biddeford
    One of the first initiatives Friends of Clifford Park is taking with the Woodard & Curran Foundation grant money is getting local youth involved! The kids participating in Apex Youth Connection's Trek2Connect program have noticed several graffiti sites and have helped FoCP in the past by cleaning up the tagging. To support their stewardship of the park, Heart of Biddeford Director Delilah Poupore and FoCP member Joe McKenney presented them with a graffiti cleaning kit. Picture are Delilah Poupore executive Director of Heart of Biddeford, Rebecca Cote, Trek2Connect Program Manager and Trek2Connect youth Caleb Wert, John Gaudet and Robert Stetson. Will Attwater and Ryan Quimby are not pictured.    Heart of Biddeford City Government Biddeford MaineApex Youth Connection, Biddeford Recreation Department Saco Bay News Woodard & Curran Foundation
    Clifford Park  is one of our favorite places to hike. Help us preserve its magic for generations to come by sticking to the established trails and roads. It’s just one of the ways we can all .#LookOutForME
    A postcard from around 1905 showing the falls in Clifford Park. Anyone ever heard it referred to as "Westbrook Cascade," as labeled below?
    This morning at Clifford Park, Elizabeth Helminska, a student at Sallam Circus School, sets up to practice aerial acrobatics. Stop by to watch the magic!
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    This morning at Clifford Park, Elizabeth Helminska, a student at Sallam Circus School, sets up to practice aerial acrobatics. Stop by to watch the magic!

    This morning at Clifford Park, Elizabeth Helminska, a student at Sallam Circus School, sets up to practice aerial acrobatics. Stop by to watch the magic! ... See MoreSee Less

    Even with drought conditions, the Clifford Park perennial garden is thriving!

    Even with drought conditions, the Clifford Park perennial garden is thriving! ... See MoreSee Less

    We need your help! Many of you saw our post earlier about the paint dumped in the water. More vandalism was discovered today. Some of the storywalk boards were shot at, and some of the trail marker signs are being ripped off the trees. Police reports will be filed for the vandalism, and if anyone has any information of who may be involved, please reach out to us or report to PD. https://www.biddefordmaine.org/FormCenter/Police-Department-7/CRIME-TIP-FOR-THE-BIDDEFORD-POLICE-DEPAR-40

If you see something, say something. Thanks for helping us keep our park safe and clean! 

And a big shout out to all of our volunteers who have helped clean up downed trees, spilled paint, and replace the storywalk boards. We couldnt do it without you!

    We need your help! Many of you saw our post earlier about the paint dumped in the water. More vandalism was discovered today. Some of the storywalk boards were shot at, and some of the trail marker signs are being ripped off the trees. Police reports will be filed for the vandalism, and if anyone has any information of who may be involved, please reach out to us or report to PD. www.biddefordmaine.org/FormCenter/Police-Department-7/CRIME-TIP-FOR-THE-BIDDEFORD-POLICE-DEPAR-40

    If you see something, say something. Thanks for helping us keep our park safe and clean!

    And a big shout out to all of our volunteers who have helped clean up downed trees, spilled paint, and replace the storywalk boards. We couldn't do it without you!
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    Wow, we thought we heard gun shots the other night but we weren't sure. Guess we did. :/

    Please let us know if Apex youth can help with clean up!

    Just awful

    Found this in the park as well today!

    Ugh, people suck!

    Disgusting 🙄

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    Silver lining to cleaning up paint in West Brook that runs along the red trail-I found this guy. It’s a fresh  water mussel or clam. This is why paint in the stream is so harmful! This might be a Brook Floater, one of the rarest species in Maine! LETS SHARE THIS POSITIVE POST

    Silver lining to cleaning up paint in West Brook that runs along the red trail-I found this guy. It’s a fresh water mussel or clam. This is why paint in the stream is so harmful! This might be a Brook Floater, one of the rarest species in Maine! LET'S SHARE THIS POSITIVE POST <3
    www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/species-information/invertebrates/freshwater-mussels.html
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    "As filter-feeders, freshwater mussels provide a vital service to Maine’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams by removing suspended particles such as algae, bacteria, and detritus from the water column. Because they constantly filter large volumes of water, reside in the benthic substrate, can’t leave their surroundings, and live a long time (more than 100 years for some species!), freshwater mussels are sensitive to contaminants and changes in their environment. Consequently, they are a valuable indicator of water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, but they also are one of the most imperiled groups of animals in the country."

    Thank you to the volunteer for cleaning effort 😊

    HEY FRIENDS, there has been some unwelcome and harmful activity in the park. This paint was dumped off the red trail near the falls, and one of the story walk signs was smashed in the last couple days. Please report any suspicious activity in the park to the police department! Please share this post, and thanks in advance for helping!

    HEY FRIENDS, there has been some unwelcome and harmful activity in the park. This paint was dumped off the red trail near the falls, and one of the story walk signs was smashed in the last couple days. Please report any suspicious activity in the park to the police department! Please share this post, and thanks in advance for helping! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Most of the paint was picked up-it appeared to be spray paint. Check out the post about this one about the rare mussel that was found!

    Would having game cams in strategic locations work? They are not that expensive.

    Respect Our Parks .!.

    One of my favorite places in the world .please kkeep it clean

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    Fun working with Catherine Glynn today at the Clifford Park perennial garden. Phase I of weeding complete!

    Fun working with Catherine Glynn today at the Clifford Park perennial garden. Phase I of weeding complete! ... See MoreSee Less

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    How do I sign up to help

    Hurry up and sign her up.

    There is a new story walk up at Clifford park! I Am Birch by Scott Kelley. Thanks to McArthur Public Library for supporting Storywalk with this new story. Bring the kiddos to the park soon to enjoy I Am Birch!

    There is a new story walk up at Clifford park! I Am Birch by Scott Kelley. Thanks to McArthur Public Library for supporting Storywalk with this new story. Bring the kiddos to the park soon to enjoy I Am Birch! ... See MoreSee Less

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    I visited the park yesterday with my adult granddaughter and her 2 young toddlers. They were totally focused and so enjoyed each stop to hear from the different species. Then they would run for the next stop and I at 77 yrs was always trying to keep up. Just want to say thank you to McArthur Library. A great outdoor park for all ages.

    I miss my days as a kid years ago running thru these woods!

    Kaitlyn Corbett

    Heather Lynn

    AMAZING CLEAN-UP EFFORT with the Heart of Biddefords Biddeford Adopt-A-Park, Friends of Clifford Park, and the Recreation Commission in Clifford Park this past weekend! The ATV was instrumental in allowing volunteers to haul out this small mountain of discarded items-Heart of Biddefords grant-winning provided the funds for the ATV. The good folks here provided the (socially distanced) elbow grease. Thank you to all who keep Clifford Park clean and safe! Joe McKenney Paul Glynn Chris Quint Donna Gadbois Tippett Diane Tremblay Catherine Mayo Glynn  Please tag yourself if you helped this past weekend, but didnt make it on this list. :-)

    AMAZING CLEAN-UP EFFORT with the Heart of Biddeford's Biddeford Adopt-A-Park, Friends of Clifford Park, and the Recreation Commission in Clifford Park this past weekend! The ATV was instrumental in allowing volunteers to haul out this small mountain of discarded items-Heart of Biddeford's grant-winning provided the funds for the ATV. The good folks here provided the (socially distanced) elbow grease. Thank you to all who keep Clifford Park clean and safe! Joe McKenney Paul Glynn Chris Quint Donna Gadbois Tippett Diane Tremblay Catherine Mayo Please tag yourself if you helped this past weekend, but didn't make it on this list. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Great work everyone- thanks for cleaning up such a wonderful treasure in our backyard!!

    Thank you Tira Denny for also being part of this massive cleanup !

    Bravo, excellent community service. I miss Clifford Park, my old stomping ground while growing up on George Street.

    Nice job! Thank you!! I want to help Diane Tremblay- call me next time..

    Thank you to everyone,it use to be a nice place to bring kids. I brought my boys all the time when they where little 💕💕

    Thank you! I ‘m sorry that I missed it this year.

    Great job! Thanks for your hard work.

    Great work - THANK YOU all!!

    Awesome. Thank you 👍

    Looks amazing to me — wow!

    Thank you!!!

    Wow...that much garbage? Too bad! At least it's cleaned up now.

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    1 years ago

    Martin Grohman
    Trails are in good shape.

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    1 years ago

    Rick Gagne

    Who ever is in charge of this organization, HOB or FOC, should take note at all the amazing things happening in southern Maine and winter fatbiking. Would love to see some time spent in this park to make it a destination spot for outdoor enthusiasts. ... See MoreSee Less

    1 years ago

    Rick Gagne
    How is this even possible??????   Volunteers in the area are grooming epic trails? Clifford park is a joke compared to those of a volunteer basis!  And you’re paid by the government

    How is this even possible?????? Volunteers in the area are grooming epic trails? Clifford park is a joke compared to those of a volunteer basis! And you’re paid by the government ... See MoreSee Less

    1 years ago

    Rick Gagne

    Is it possible to get the trails groomed ? ... See MoreSee Less

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    im sure the hobo's going to and from there huts will have it all packed down soon?

    Yes they should be groomed soon!

    2 years ago

    Aaron Linscott

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    Fire department is over there now

    Thank you for letting us know

    Most be a good size fire up there

    They driving tanker trucks up the trails now

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    2 years ago

    Martin Grohman

    Trails are in tip top shape! ... See MoreSee Less

    2 years ago

    Carrie Linscott

    It's really sad and pathetic to see people go up in the walking trails walking 2 dogs and they only come out with one because they tied the poor animal to a tree and left them there..from now on I'm taking photos and writing down license plates and calling the police!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Now there is a dog running loss in the park a yellow lab

    2 years ago

    Rick Gagne

    Use caution on these trails! Someone is putting rocks and branches on trails that have been in use since I was 15. Please ride easy and be safe in the park. Someone got hurt pretty bad yesterday because of this. ... See MoreSee Less

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