75 years ago the bridge between Deer Isle and the main land was built.
The bridge allowed residents and visitors to easily go between the two places and supported economic and cultural growth on the island.
Deer Isle celebrated the historic day with the dedication of a new park, appropriately named, “Bridge End Park.”
The park was built using funds from local, state and federal governments.
The bridge is called a “forever bridge,” which means it was built to be maintained forever and never replaced or rebuilt.
The department of transportation has spent millions upgrading the bridge over the years.
The new park will also serve a long-time need for the island community.
“Deer Isle, even though it’s surrounded by the ocean did not have a public landing with parking and so this will fulfill a long needed facility,” said Loring Kydd, Chairman Citizens Initiative Committee.
The bridge was designed and built specifically so that sail boats could easily pass beneath it.