The 640 acre original townsite of Portland was purchased by John G. Willacy in 1890. In 1891, Willacy sold the land to the Portland (Maine) Harbor & Improvement Co. A map was filed at the County Courthouse and Portland was official as the "Gem City of the Gulf." Portland is situated on the second highest bluff on the Gulf Coast and overlooks the dancing waves of both Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays. Golfing, birding, kite surfing, hike/bike trails, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, skate boarding are all activities that Portland offers. Sunset Lake Park, a natural wetlands habitat and ideal bird nesting territory, sports a 2.1-mile hike-bike trail that weaves between the ponds and the lake. Indian Point Park, complete with a fishing pier and wade-in beach, is the fisherman's spot of choice and bird feeding area. Portland's Indian Point Wetlands is site #73 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Violet Andrews Park, a wildlife preserve with a quarter-mile hike/bike trail overlooking Corpus Christi Bay, is a kite surfer's heaven. The terrain's natural slope into the water provides for easy access into the bay and outdoor showers are available. Fred Jones Bird Sanctuary is botanically rich hot-spot for birders and # 74 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The native vegetation is an island amidst cultivated fields and acts like a magnet to draw in migratory birds. Portland also has a Community Sport Complex and as of June 2005 a competition and recreational aquatic center
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Updated: 17th February, 2019 1:38 PM.