Parks & Recreation

Ellingwood Information Center 

1180 Bristol Road
Beginning 9/19/23, Ellingwood Information Center hours will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays 10am- 2pm for the off season.  
If you need assistance outside of those hours, you can call the office at 207-563-1800 or email and someone will get back to you.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park, Fishermen's Museum, Art Gallery, and the Lighthouse Tower are now open for the season. 

Lighthouse Park and the Fishermen's Museum will close for the season        October 22, 2023. 

The Lighthouse Tower and Pemaquid Art Gallery will close October 9.

Pemaquid Beach Park

Pemaquid Beach is now closed for the season.

We will see you again in 2024!

**Bristol Parks and Recreation now accepts all credit/ debit cards including ApplePay and GooglePay**

Bristol Parks Passes

Resident and non-resident season passes and discount passes for the Lighthouse and Beach are available.

General Information and Contact

If you have questions about any of our Parks and Recreation locations you can email or call us at 207-563-1800

For more specific questions you can email Shelley

Bristol Parks Merchandise is now available online!!

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Cabot Lyford Sculpture

An enlarged life-size sculpture of a heron, by the late Cabot Lyford of Pemaquid Beach village, is being offered to Pemaquid Beach Park. Cabot was one of the best-known American sculptors of the last half century, whose monumental works are displayed in Portland (the dolphin outside the Regency Hotel), on the Portsmouth waterfront, and elsewhere in Maine and nationwide. Cabot's wife, Joan, was not only instrumental in preserving the marsh behind the beach but also founded the Beachcomber's Rest nature center that Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust volunteers now operate each summer. The sculpture will commemorate the efforts of all those involved with those projects which have resulted in the unique facility we have today and celebrate the enduring beauty of the beach which can now be intact for future generations. For a town with many artists, Bristol does not have a lot of public art – this would be a first. Bristol Parks is trying to raise $25,000 toward the bronze casting of this sculpture. 

If you are interested in helping, please click here to donate. You can also scan the QR code below. 

Cabot Lyford Sculpture Bronzing Donation QR Code

Donations can also be mailed directly to Bristol Parks at 1180 Bristol Road, Bristol, ME 04539. 

Please contact Bristol Parks at or # (207)563-1800.

* Tobacco Free Parks Policy: All Bristol Parks facilities are tobacco free effective May 4th, 2012. These facilities include: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Beach and Park, Bristol Swimming Hole, Ellingwood Information Center and Park, Visitors Center and the Rock Schoolhouse.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Clyde Pendleton Commissioner - Chair (207) 677-2500
Sandra Lane Commissioner (207) 563-2134
Laurie Mahan Commissioner (207) 677-3725