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The mission of the Foundation is to preserve and enhance the natural and historic resources of Fort Williams Park for future generations. To meet this mission, the Foundation’s goals are to provide funding support and stewardship for selected projects in the Park which enhance the condition of the Park, and to establish an endowment fund, the income from which will be used to maintain the park in an optimal state of repair.
Preserving the Natural Beauty and History of Fort Williams Park
Fort Williams Park-90 acres of rugged beauty on Casco Bay-is owned and operated by the Town of Cape Elizabeth. Here you can visit the iconic Portland Head Light and Museum, relish awe-inspiring ocean views, wander diverse natural environments, play on recreational sites, and discover ruins from a long maritime and military history. The Fort Williams Park Foundation provides the opportunity for you to support the park and keep admission free.
As you walk through the park, notice the vines climbing over shrubs, choking trees, blocking views and preventing access to historic remnants. The Foundation’s first major horticultural and ecological initiative, the Arboretum, is a work in progress. When you walk the Cliff Walk Trail, wander through the landscaped gardens at either end. These are the first two of multiple native and sustainable landscapes which will comprise the Arboretum at Fort Williams Park. The goal of The Arboretum project is to control invasive plant species and increase native biodiversity that is more sustainable and supportive of wildlife. When complete, the Arboretum will feature multiple landscapes that highlight the Park’s unique natural and historic features, demonstrating how to control invasive plants while showcasing the beauty and potential of native New England flora.