Maine Sport Outfitters pond receives face-liftStore hopes to boost its outdoor programs
Improvements to the pond outside Maine Sport Outfitters are almost complete and soon residents will be able to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities sponsored by the business.
Large excavation equipment scattered the landscape around the Route 1 business for a couple of weeks, building a launch area for kayaks and canoes, raised areas for picnics and fishing and a set of new docks.
According to Maine Sport General Manager Greg Perry, the multi-use pond is expected to host demonstrations of the various outdoor equipment the store sells.
“We are trying to re-energize our outdoor programs that flourished back in the early 1990s through 2000,” Perry said. “Having the pond back in shape and able to be used for demonstrations and education on our boats, kayaks and fly fishing gear is huge.”
The pond was originally dug in 1988 in conjunction with the construction of the Maine Sport building and was dredged in 2002 after years of sand and salt had accumulated by runoff from Route 1 during the winter, he said.
“The pond is spring-fed but after years of silt build-up [at the bottom], the spring got blocked and it all just sat there,” Perry said. “When the spring is able to feed the pond, the water is very clear and clean and not harmful to be in.”
Perry added that when the pH levels come into line, trout will be reintroduced in the small body of water.
“When I started back in 1992, we had a bunch of rainbow trout in the pond that you could go right out with some food and feed them. It was great,” he said.
A permit application filed by Stuart and Marianne Smith, owners of Maine Sport Outfitters, with Rockport Town Office explains the dredging was needed to remove accumulated silt and return the pond depth to its original dimensions.