New owners have big plans for Desert of Maine

The landmark attraction will open on May 15.

The Desert of Maine.
The Desert of Maine. –File

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The new owners of a desert attraction located on the coast of Maine say they are planning big changes.

Mela and Doug Heestand of Freeport say they purchased the 40-acre property in Freeport from Gary and Ginger Currens on Wednesday. The Portland Press Herald reports the Desert of Maine was listed for $725,000, but the Heestands are not disclosing the sale price.

Mela Heestand says they moved to Freeport about 18 months ago, and want to continue the legacy of the landmark attraction, which is not a true desert but resembles one.

When the Desert of Maine opens May 15, Freeport residents will be able to get in for free. The admission fee waiver will expire after the season ends on Oct. 15.