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Crescent Beach State Park lease extended

Posted March 11, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, Division of Parks and Public Lands, and The Sprague Corp. on Friday announced the signing of a five-year lease extension for a 100-acre parcel that is part of Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth.

The lease extension ends months of speculation as to the future of the park and assures the thousands of users of the facility that it will be open for recreation for years to come.

“We are very pleased with the way this has turned out,” said Will Harris, director of the Division of Parks and Lands, in a press release. “This will give us significant time to seek an even more permanent resolution for Crescent Beach. I think both sides have worked well to reach this point.”

Seth Sprague, president of The Sprague Corp., said, “Our family is pleased that this parcel will continue to be part of the Park. Credit to all involved for persevering to find a positive outcome.”

The $100,000 per-year lease covers a 100-acre parcel that abuts current State ownership and has been used as a part of the Park since 1961. The leased portion includes approximately 1,000 feet of beach as well as the entrance road, control station, hiking trails and a portion of the parking lot.

For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to:http://www.maine.gov/acf

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