CANAAN, Maine — Lake George Regional Park has hired Derek Ellis as the new park manager. Derek is responsible for on-site personnel management, use management, public relations, interpretive services, and grounds maintenance for the park.
His job includes long-term planning, program planning, volunteer promotion and supervision, on-site job management, and grounds maintenance and management. “Derek’s management style is based on leading by example. Derek is the first to get his hands dirty,” said park director Jeff McCabe in a press release.
Derek will provide opportunities for elementary and secondary students in the local school districts, area Scouts, and local businesses to participate in service learning projects at the park. Derek is a Master Maine Guide and lives in Skowhegan with his wife and young child.
“Derek has been a volunteer helping with building projects and has helped grow the Ice Fishing Derby over the last few years and it seemed like a natural fit for Derek and the park,” said McCabe.
Derek will play an important role in the Skowhegan Savings $20,000 dollar challenge grant as the funding will be used to improve buildings and grounds on the west side of the park. Other exciting projects will include a major overhaul of the parks boat launch late this fall as well as hosting a sprint triathlon at the park on Sept. 15.
LGRP serves communities within a 50-mile radius of the park. Each year approximately 20,000 people visit the park, utilizing the swimming areas, picnic areas, the extensive trail system, boat launch and various buildings on the 320-acre park. The park is also a destination for school groups, boyscout outings, and other service learning organizations. During the summer, the park hosts Camp Podooc for more than 200 Skowhegan and Canaan children, offering a nature camp and swimming lessons for children in grades one through six. While at the camp, the children are provided with a free lunch thanks to a partnership with Somerset Heart Health and the Skowhegan Recreation Department with funding from the USDA. During the months of June, July, and August, KVCAP now offers transportation from several locations in Skowhegan to the park during the day.
Lake George has become a destination of choice for people in the surrounding area as well as others looking for a tranquil spot on the shores of the lake. Our expenses, which involve the staffing and resources necessary to sustain, maintain, and protect the Park, continue to challenge us. The Park, owned by the State of Maine, and managed for public use by Lake George Corporation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, does not receive funding from the state