Transfer of property, John Paul Jones Park, has been in the works for the past few years
AUGUSTA – A measure that would authorize the State of Maine to transfer land to the Town of Kittery received unanimous support today from those present in the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee.
The land under consideration is known as the John Paul Jones Memorial Park in Kittery. Both the town and state have been working collaboratively over the past few years on the details of the land transfer. Kittery has been maintaining the park on behalf of the state since 2014.
“This location is a premiere gateway into Kittery Foreside and it is a great place for community events,” said Senator Hill. “The town is very eager to preserve this park for public use, and to the community’s benefit.”
With legislative approval of the resolve, Kittery and the State of Maine can move forward in the land transfer. Ownership of the park would revert back to the state if its intended use as a public park is ever discontinued.
John Paul Jones is considered colonial America’s first sea warrior. He was Captain of the Revolutionary War sloop, the Ranger, which was constructed and launched from the nearby Badger Island in 1777.
The bill will now go to the Senate for its consideration in the coming weeks.