There are 16 cemeteries maintained throughout the City of Portland; the majority of them not having had a burial in years. The cemeteries are maintained by a crew of five full-time employees supplemented by seasonal help in the spring. Two cemeteries, Evergreen and Forest City, remain active with an average yearly total of 300 burials.

Cemeteries as Parks & Open Spaces

Although cemeteries today are often viewed as strictly a repository for the dead, they have traditionally also been used as a public park.

Paths & Trails

The historic relationship for cemeteries and open space is quite strong, and Evergreen Cemetery is a great example of this relationship. An extensive network of country lanes, paved roads, wooded trails, and greenscapes invite the exploration of the cemetery on bike, foot, and cross-country ski. At the far end of the developed cemetery, the ponds are a favorite spot for picnics. As the largest open space in Portland, the cemetery attracts a rich variety of avian life. Maine Audubon utilizes Evergreen Cemetery and its undeveloped woods for annual bird watching excursions.

Open to the Public

Cemetery grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day, except for November to April when they close at 4:30 p.m.

Guidelines for Recreational Use of Cemetery Grounds

Utilizing cemeteries for quiet recreation is encouraged by the City of Portland; however, we request your respectful consideration and use: 
  • Limit recreational use to walking, cross-country skiing, and jogging.
  • Please take ball, Frisbee, and other games to another park location.
  • Leave flowers, trees, and other plants for the enjoyment of others.
  • Carry-in, carry-out trash
  • In active cemeteries, such as Evergreen and Forest City, please be mindful of funeral services. Quietly and respectfully conduct your leisure in another part of the cemetery grounds.
  • Treat gravestones with care and encourage children to do so as well; many are quite old and fragile.

Rules for Bringing Dogs

Dogs are prohibited in Western Cemetery and Eastern Cemetery. Dogs are allowed in Evergreen and Forest City cemeteries on a 25-foot leash.

Please respect graves and gravestones when walking pets. Scoop after your pet and carry out bagged waste.