Thomas Knight Park Trail
Managed by the City of South Portland
Thomas Knight Park is a scenic 1.5 acre park at the end of Waterman Drive. It is located at the site where the old Million Dollar Bridge used to enter South Portland's Knightville neighborhood on Ocean Avenue.
Thomas Knight Park HAS TWO PRIMARY ACCESS POINTS:
Waterman Drive: Access this park by walking of driving to the end of Waterman Drive.
Casco Bay Bridge: A pedestrian ramp grants access to the park from the Casco Bay Bridge, which is above the park.
About the Trail
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 and 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.
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).