Four acres
The size of sandy and pebbly Willard Beach, which occupies Simonton Cove between Fisherman’s Point and the Southern Maine Community College campus. (southportland.org)
Opened June 9, 1896
The Willard Beach Casino, a trolley destination that cost $30,000 to build and featured a dance hall, a bathhouse, a bowling alley and an orchestrian (automatic pipe organ) burned in January 1898. (mainememory.net)
75 vehicles
Capacity of the Willard Beach parking lot on Willow Street. (southportland.org)
A century old
The Scratch Bakery Co. building in Willard Square dates to 1918 and has previously served as “an A&P grocery, a pharmacy, a heating company, a children’s clothing store, and others lost in time.” (scratchbakingco.com)
Dog days
Between May 1 and Sept. 30, dogs are allowed on the beach only before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. (southportland.org)
Getcher sandwitches!
The Willard Haven Hotel, whose sign promised “PIZZA, SANDWITCHES, SOFT DRINKS,” was razed and burned in 1967. (mainememory.net)
In 1907
Willard Beach was designated a South Portland city park. (sphistory.pastperfectonline.com)
Tracking device
Willard Beach, like Riverton Park and Cape Cottage Casino, was among the popular tourist destinations served by electric railway. (mainememory.net)
Victorian rendering
Artist John Bradley Hudson (1832-1903) whose shop was on the edge of today’s Tommy’s Park in Portland, painted an evocative landscape showing Simonton Cove. (See: mainememory.net/artifact/42150)

On the Market in and around Willard Beach