Peacock Beach State Park

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Peacock Beach State Park
Maine State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Sagadahoc
Town Richmond
Elevation 259 ft (79 m) [1]
Coordinates 44°09′25″N 69°51′33″W / 44.15694°N 69.85917°W / 44.15694; -69.85917Coordinates: 44°09′25″N 69°51′33″W / 44.15694°N 69.85917°W / 44.15694; -69.85917 [1]
Established Unspecified
 - Local management 2010
Management Town of Richmond
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maine
Website: Peacock Beach

Peacock Beach State Park is a locally managed, public recreation area on Pleasant Pond in Richmond, Maine. The park is on U.S. Route 201[2] between the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and I-295, about 12 miles (20 km) south of Augusta. The Town of Richmond took over operation of the park in 2010.[3] The park offers facilities for picnicking and swimming.[4]

History

It cost the state around $23,000 a year to operate the park. It was not regularly staffed, and the entrance fee was collected with a box at the gate that visitors were expected to place their fee into. Prior to 2010, it had been estimated that as few as 10 percent of visitors paid the fee.

In 2010, the state decided not to open the park as a cost-saving measure and offered a 25-year lease to the Town of Richmond to operate the park. The town accepted the offer at its June 3, 2010 town meeting. The town does not staff the park, aside from conducting regular maintenance with part-time employees. The collection box for payment of the entry fee has been maintained, but the town has considered staffing the entrance to increase fee collection.[5][6][7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Peacock Beach State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Peacock Beach". Town of Richmond. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Richmond: "The Most Walkable Community"" (PDF). Mainely Richmond. Town of Richmond. July 2010. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Explore Richmond's Recreational Areas" (PDF). Mainely Richmond. Town of Richmond. July 2015. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Park's supervision may change". Kennebec Journal. 16 March 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Richmond may take library, state park". Kennebec Journal. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "News Briefs". Kennebec Journal. 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

External links

  • Peacock Beach Town of Richmond
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