A new roof and restored chimney are part of a major renovation of the entry station at Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NPS

Campgrounds get upgrades



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — There is a new water tank at Blackwoods Campground and a like-new entry station at Seawall Campground.

With a capacity of 47,000 gallons, the new water tank is larger than the one it replaced, which had been “failing slowly over the years, losing water and having lots of small-scale fixes,” said Christie Anastasia, the park’s public affairs specialist.

The new Blackwoods tank, which was completed about two weeks ago, provides water for the campground and for the restrooms at Sand Beach and the Fabbri picnic area. It is 15 feet taller than the old one.

“The extra height helps generate more water pressure needed for stronger flow,” Anastasia said.

She said there had been some concern that the taller tank would be visible from Cadillac Mountain, but that is not the case.

Blackwoods Campground opens for the season May 1.

Seawall Campground opens May 23. Renovation of its entry station is expected to be finished this week.

“There was a complete interior renovation, roof replacement and chimney restoration,” Anastasia said. “Rocks were falling out of the old chimney.”

The renovation also has brought the building into compliance with ADA standards for accessibility.

Seawall Campground, a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration, was built in stages in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Because of that designation, the entry station’s windows were refurbished “to historic building standards,” Anastasia said.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. dbroom@mdislander.com