Peacock Beach State Park
|Peacock Beach State Park|
|Maine State Park|
|Elevation||259 ft (79 m) |
|- Town control||2010 |
|Management||Town of Richmond|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
Peacock Beach State Park is a state park in Richmond, Maine. Peacock Beach is located on Pleasant Pond, on U.S. Route 201 between the Maine Turnpike (I-95) and I-295, about 12 miles (20 km) south of Augusta.
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.
- "Peacock Beach State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Mainely Richmond" (PDF). Town of Richmond. July 2010. p. 6. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- "Park's supervision may change". Kennebec Journal. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- "Richmond may take library, state park". Kennebec Journal. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- "News Briefs". Kennebec Journal. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013.