Event to mark start of Tidal Falls rehab project



HANCOCK — Frenchman Bay Conservancy is hosting a free public event at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at Tidal Falls to mark the beginning of construction on the lower preserve, including the shoreline. The area will be closed to the public beginning Aug. 21 and is slated to reopen in 2019.

The Crown Vics will provide the entertainment and there will be refreshments and a chance to view the plans, which include more open space and a pavilion with a 360-degree observation deck.

The group has raised over $2 million for the project, according to a press release. The preserve has been open to the public year-round and home to the Frenchman Bay Conservancy offices since the organization acquired it in 2001. A new education space, called the Exploration Center, opened in June. It provides information for visitors on local history and wildlife, as well as details on the 25 miles of public hiking trails and 8,000 acres of conserved land protected by the nonprofit, according to a press release.

“Tidal Falls Preserve is one of Maine’s most magical places,” Director Aaron Dority stated in the release.

“We’re thrilled to be completing this ambitious campaign that will invest in Tidal Falls, making it a better place to enjoy everything from watching seals to listening to live music. The campaign will also invest in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s ability to protect special places like Tidal Falls across eastern Hancock County.”