Crescent Beach State Park

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Coordinates: 43°33′53″N 70°13′41″W / 43.56472°N 70.22806°W / 43.56472; -70.22806
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; -70.22806 [1]
Area 187 acres (76 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 a state park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States. The park features a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach for swimming and sunbathing, fishing, sea kayaking, and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.[3]

In the news[edit]

In 2012, the Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) protested against the possible privatization of the state park by Governor Paul LePage's administration. The 50-year lease with Sprague Corp., which owns 100 of the park's 187 acres, was set to expire in 2013, and negotiations were called off. The MSEA said that if Crescent Beach State Park was largely privatized, it would endanger the entire public park system.[2] After a five-year lease was signed in 2013, the state began looking for ways to purchase the entire property.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Crescent Beach State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Graff, Will (August 9, 2012). "Keep Maine’s Crescent Beach public, union urges LePage". The Forecaster (Bangor, Maine: Bangor Daily News). Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Crescent Beach State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Graff, Will (March 8, 2013). "Lease signed, state now eyes buying Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth". The Forecaster (Falmouth, Maine). Retrieved July 29, 2014. 

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