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Several state parks closed after reaching parking capacity

DEEP announced that at least 14 parks were closed.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Multiple state parks closed early on the Fourth of July after reaching parking capacity on Monday.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) tweeted that as of 1:15 p.m., 14 parks across Connecticut were closed.

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The parks closed are:

  • Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union
  • Burr Pond State Park in Torrington
  • Gardner Lake State Park in Salem
  • Millers Pond State Park in Haddam
  • Mount Tom State Park, Litchfield
  • Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme 
  • Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown
  • Black Rock State Park in Watertown
  • Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury
  • Indian Well State Park in Shelton
  • Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison
  • Sherwood Island State Park in Westport
  • Silver Sands State Park in Milford

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Earlier this week, DEEP announced that lifeguards would be on duty at eight of the state's most popular swim areas for the holiday weekend.

Despite facing a lifeguard shortage in the weeks leading up to the season, lifeguards will be at state-run swim areas 5 days a week for inland locations and 7 days a week for shoreline locations like Rocky Neck and Hammonsasset.

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Lifeguards will keep watch from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7 Day-a-Week Lifeguard Coverage:

  • Rocky Neck State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Black Rock State Park

5 Day-a-Week Lifeguard Coverage:

  • Burr Pond State Park, Torrington
  • Indian Well State Park, Shelton
  • Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.


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