Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth

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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.In the newsThe state has leased 100 acres of the park from The Sprague Corporation 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. In 2012, the Maine State Employees Association protested the possible privatization of the park by Governor Paul LePage's administration, saying privatization would endanger the entire public park system.
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  • August 13, 2017
    My husband and I enjoyed Crescent Beach, but it was a rather rocky beach and we should have brought water shoes to better enjoy our time in the water. There is a place to rent kayaks and paddle boards...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We usually take a trip over to Old Orchard Beach but decided to check out the Crescent Beach State Park while staying in Cape Elizabeth. We arrived at 9:45AM, got a great spot and enjoyed the morning ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    During the week, much less busy... US $ 8 per person, but very clean beach, access to toilets and showers. Beautiful white sand and long beach for large markets. Great place
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