Crescent Beach State Park

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Crescent Beach State Park
Maine State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Cumberland
Town Cape Elizabeth
Elevation 7 ft (2 m) [1]
Coordinates 43°33′53″N 70°13′41″W / 43.56472°N 70.22806°W / 43.56472; -70.22806Coordinates: 43°33′53″N 70°13′41″W / 43.56472°N 70.22806°W / 43.56472; -70.22806 [1]
Area 242 acres (98 ha) [2]
Established 1966 [3]
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maine
Website: Crescent Beach State Park

Crescent Beach State Park is state-operated, public recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States. The state park features a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach for swimming and sunbathing, fishing, sea kayaking, and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.[3]

Geology

The park's 1.4-km pocket beach is subject to erosion from wind and water. Measurable erosion seen in 2005 and 2007 also occurred at the smaller, adjoining pocket beach known as Kettle Beach.[4]

In the news

The state has leased 100 acres of the park from The Sprague Corporation (owned by the privately held Black Point Corporation)[5] since 1961. In 2013, the state's lease was extended for five years at a cost of $500,000. Under the original 50-year lease, the state paid $1 per year for use of the land, an amount that increased to $10,000 annually with a series of one-year lease extensions that began in 2011. The state has expressed interest in purchasing the entire property, one of the largest revenue-generating parks in Maine, when the current lease expires in 2018.[6] In 2012, the Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) protested the possible privatization of the park by Governor Paul LePage's administration, saying privatization would endanger the entire public park system.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Crescent Beach State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Outdoors in Maine: State Parks, Public Lands, and Historic Sites" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Crescent Beach State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Slovinsky, Peter A. (March 2009). "Coastal Erosion at Crescent Beach State Park". Maine Geological Survey. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Black Point Corporation. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Graff, Will (March 8, 2013). "Lease signed, state now eyes buying Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth". The Forecaster. Falmouth, Maine. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ Graff, Will (August 9, 2012). "Crescent Beach negotiations not improving; state employee union launches petition". The Forecaster. Falmouth, Maine. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 

External links

  • Crescent Beach State Park Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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