If you had plans to hit up the state parks this holiday weekend, take note. Due to last week’s storms, three will remain closed over Memorial Day Weekend.
WFSB reports that the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection made the call. The state parks remaining closed this weekend are, obviously, Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden. New Fairfield’s Squantz Pond and Wallingford’s Wharton Brook State Par will also remain closed.
New Fairfield First Selectwoman Pat Del Monaco explained why Squantz Pond needed to close down this weekend:
“While power has been restored to the [Squantz Pond], much of New Fairfield is still recovering from last week’s storm. Due to catastrophic storm damage, our town cannot safely accommodate additional traffic on town roads at this time, including vehicles pulling boats.”
As previously reported, the state closed Sleeping Giant State Park indefinitely due to extensive damage. So far no one has an exact date when it’ll reopen. Some say we might have to wait until the fall.
As for Wharton Brook State, the area lost about 800 trees due to last week’s storms. Hundreds remain down as crews furiously work to restore the park to its former glory.
Considering over 2 million people will cut through CT over the holiday weekend, it was a good call. Also, considering that Saturday promises decent weather, residents will want to take advantage of it. The last thing the state needs is further storm-related injuries.
DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee said that while the closures are sad, there’s a silver lining:
“That’s only 3, we have 107 out there that are amazing, natural places with a wide variety of activities for everyone and anyone who’s out there.”
Officials recommended West Rock Ridge and New Haven and Wadsworth Falls as alternative destinations for Sleeping Giant. In addition, officials mentioned Putnam Memorial and Bennet’s Pond as alternatives to Squantz Pond.
Sure, you might have had your heart set on a certain place, but safety always comes first.
Also, on a brighter note, Kettletown State Park will reopen today and remain open throughout the season. Officials deemed the park safe enough to accommodate visitors.
So, if you intended on visiting one of those closed state parks this weekend, HERE’S a list of what’s open. What are your plans for the long weekend?