Preserving and Enhancing the Natural Resources and Visitor Experience of Fort Williams Park


Fort Williams Park—90 acres of rugged beauty on Casco Bay—is owned and operated by the Town of Cape Elizabeth. Here you can visit the iconic Portland Head Light and Museum, relish awe-inspiring ocean views, wander diverse natural environments, play on recreational sites, and discover ruins from a long maritime and military history.

The Friends of Fort Williams Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, preserves and enhances the natural resources and visitor experience of Fort Williams Park by providing planning and stewardship for projects that support the Park’s ecology, accessibility, and open space.


Our success depends on your generous support. BE A FRIEND OF THE PARK by donating at fortwilliams.org/donate, or by volunteering at fortwilliams.org/volunteer.


Announcing Resignation of James McCain, Executive Director

The Friends of Fort Williams Park announces that James McCain has resigned as its executive director. McCain has been the face of the organization since June of 2013, first as Arboretum Director and later Executive Director.

In his resignation, McCain said he wants to revive his landscape design business, which he let go dormant while he developed the gardens at Fort Williams Park. McCain told board members that developing the plan for the Children’s Garden at Fort Williams and seeing that garden come to fruition in 2016 made him realize how much he missed designing and planting sustainable landscapes.

Board members praised McCain’s work in improving the ecology and beauty of the park, creating sustainable gardens around Portland Head Light, along the Cliff Walk and in the Children’s Garden.

The Board of Directors is initiating a search for a qualified person to fill the position of Executive Director, with the intention of filling the post within the next few months.



View from one of many entry points into new trail system (click pic for gallery)

View from one of many entry points into new trail system (click pic for gallery)


$32,883 Raised for the Cliff Walk Landscape

Riding an incoming wave of support just before our September 30 deadline, we sailed past our goal for the Cliff Walk Landscape Matching Challenge. Your donations of $17,883 – combined with $15,000 in challenge gifts from the Jeffrey Armstrong Memorial Fund and two anonymous donors – brought in $32,883 in one month! It is wonderful to have so much of the funding for the coming year’s lead project already in place.  A hearty thank-you to everyone who participated!

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