2013-03-08 / Community

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Former Community Center at Wilkinson Park Comes Down

Crews have begun working to take down the building at Wilkinson Park that has stood for more than 60 years near the end of New York Avenue.


Certified contractors from Abatement Professionals Co. of Portland started working inside the building on Monday, March 11 to remove hazardous asbestos from the flooring of the 2,132-square-foot structure. When they finish, city crews will begin tearing down the structure itself.


Parks and Recreation director Rick Towle said in a media release the process should finish by the middle of March.


Towle held community forums and met with the city council to discuss the future plans for Wilkinson Park. Residents and city staff have yet to come up with a final plan for the location, but Towle has suggested an outdoor pavilion that would cost between $35,000 and $120,000.


Towle said another meeting will be held at the end of March, after the structure is removed, to discuss the next steps in the process.

State and Sprague Corp. Beat Deadline to Extend Crescent Beach State Park Lease

The Sprague Corporation and the state of Maine signed an agreement Friday, March 8 to extend the state’s lease of the 100-acre parcel that is part of Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, a month before the current lease was scheduled to expire.


The new lease is worth $100,000 per year and will extend for the next five years. The 100 acres of private land have been used as part of the park since 1961, and includes 1,000 feet of beach, as well as hiking trails, the entrance road and a portion of the parking lot.


Cape Elizabeth officials had reviewed preliminary designs from the state should talks between the two parties break down before the April deadline.


“We are very pleased with the way this has turned out,” said Will Harris, director of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Division of Parks and Public Lands.


“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.”

-Compiled by Staff Writer Jack Flagler


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