4 State Parks Remain Closed Because of Storm Damage

Four state parks will be closed for several days after powerful storms, including tornadoes, came through and caused extensive damage.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning people not to try and visit any of the closed parks.

The following state parks are closed:

  • Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden
  • Kettletown State Park in Southbury
  • Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield
  • Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford

Squantz Pond is expected to reopen early next week, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Chatfield Hollow was closed after the storm, but reopened Friday morning.

The Pond Brook State Boat Launch in Newtown, the Lake Zoar State Boat Launch in Southbury and the Squantz Pond State Boat Launch in New Fairfield might not be accessible this weekend, according to DEEP.

“We continue to see visitors attempting to come to our closed state parks to see the damage,” DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen said in a statement. “For the safety of the general public and the crews working to clear the parks, it is imperative that only authorized personnel enter the parks at this time.”

Of the 110 state parks, 106 remain open to the public.

“EnCon officers have increased patrols of the closed parks, failure to obey the closures of these parks could result in an infraction or arrest for trespassing,” Whalen said.

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