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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  • What a beautiful white sandy beach Crescent Beach is and the surrounding park is worth visiting. We strolled along the beach after having a tasty lunch at the Sea Glass Restaurant at Inn by the Sea. W...  more »
  • The go-to out of the way piece of heaven in Cape at Kettle Cove. Get here early in the summer for parking. Also a great spot after work to chill out and enjoy the sunset. Put it on your Maine destinat...  more »
  • We love state parks and this beach was crowded but nice. You do have to pay to enter the park, but I'm all about supporting state parks! The changing rooms were nice and large and they had lifeguards....  more »

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