LINCOLN, Maine ? Town leaders will be on hand early next month to dedicate and stock the area’s first man-made, public children’s fishing pond.
Town Council members, Economic Development Assistant Ruth Birtz and officials from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will formally name the Edwards Family Fishing Park after the Lincoln family whose donation spurred the pond’s construction, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
The dedication is set for 1 p.m. June 8 at the pond, which is in wetlands off River Road near the Veterans Affairs clinic and Lincoln Regional Airport, about five miles from the Interstate 95 ramps, Goodwin said in a statement. The public is invited.
“The pond is actually open now,” Birtz said Tuesday, “but this is how we recognize people who made it happen and officially accept it by the town.”
About 4.87 acres of the total parcel was donated to the town by the Edwards family and will be named after the late family patriarch, George Edwards. The town bought the rest of the land. It is a low-lying wetland.
Fishing opportunities abound in Lincoln, given that the town already has 14 bodies of water within its boundaries ? of which 13 of the ponds and lakes are entirely within Lincoln ? but the Edwards family dedicated the property to the town with the idea that it be developed as a children’s fishing pond, Goodwin said. Town officials agreed to use the land for the project because as a wetland it’s unlikely to have any other use, Birtz has said.
State conservation officials have tested the water and concluded it would support the trout they intend to stock in the pond. They will be on hand on June 8 to release as many as 300 trout into the pond, Goodwin said.
The project’s total cost is $48,015, Birtz said. Of that, $38,660 is a federal grant administered through the state Bureau of Land and Water Quality. The rest came with Town Council approval from town stumpage revenues, she said.