PARKS

Thomas Knight Park

Managed by the City of South Portland

 
 

While enjoying a leisurely walk or bike ride along Waterman Drive, it may be hard to imagine that just over a decade ago, this was the busiest thoroughfare in the city. The former Million Dollar Bridge, (which spanned the Fore River carried traffic to and from Portland from 1916 to 1997), entered South Portland where Thomas Knight Park is located today. On Labor Day 1997, the new Casco Bay Bridge opened, taking traffic away from Waterman Drive and creating a more pedestrian friendly area.

Improvements on Waterman Drive include dedicated pedestrian sidewalks and the addition of shade trees. The 1.5 acre Thomas Knight Park and Knightville Landing boasts a public dock with benches for relaxing. A pedestrian ramp also allows access to the Casco Bay Bridge from the park and is a popular route for daily commutes into Portland. The eastern end of Waterman Drive intersects with the Greenbelt Walkway (distance 1/2 mile). 

 
Thomas Knight Park is nestled under the Casco Bay Bridge and has pretty water views

Thomas Knight Park is nestled under the Casco Bay Bridge and has pretty water views

From the park, pedestrians can access a boat dock

From the park, pedestrians can access a boat dock