The marvelous little city of Portland, Maine, has numerous virtues, one of which is the Eastern Promenade, seen on the left side of the map below.
With about 68 acres, it's rather long, narrow park, but it hugs the shore of Casco Bay and offers visitors a wide variety of things to do. For example, this gentleman has just sent his dog, Elizabeth, on a quest for a tennis ball.
Elizabeth returns with the ball and dries off in the way of dogs. I watched enviously, thinking of the weight I could lose if I could duplicate that feat. That's a lot of exercise!
Just up the road from the boat and dog water access is one of several well-equipped playgrounds of the Eastern Prom. Even on this rather chilly early morning in late April, a fair number of kids, always with attentive parents, makes use of the slides and swings and jungle gyms, all with a fantastic view of the Bay.
I'll be frank here - I am now and always have been thrilled and grateful to live in this particularly spectacular part of the world. And this end of the city by the sea is calm, peaceful, and serene. Even when the summer warmth fills the beaches and benches, ball fields and tennis courts, the Eastern Prom is a great place to unwind and enjoy the view.