Sleeping Giant State Park Could Remain Closed Until Fall

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden could be closed until the fall because of massive storm damage, according to the Sleeping Giant Park Association.

Four tornadoes, a macroburst and a microburst struck Connecticut on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. When a tornado in New Haven County lifted, a powerful swath of damaging winds continued from Sleeping Giant State Park to Wharton Brook State Park in North Haven and then into Wallingford and Northford. 

Sleeping Giant State Park has been closed since last week and the Sleeping Giant Park Association said all of the trails are closed to the public and are not expected to reopen until the fall.

“Even professional construction concerns brought in to consult are shaking their heads at the absolutely overwhelming task of cleaning up JUST the picnic and parking areas, and the Tower Path,” a posted on the Facebook page for the Sleeping Giant Park Association says.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has warned people to stay away from the state parks that are closed. Crews from DEEP said they have not made a determination on when the park will reopen. 

In a news release on Monday afternoon, DEEP said Sleeping Giant and Wharton Brook will remain closed through the holiday weekend and no determination has been made on when the two parks will reopen. 

DEEP will decide by the end of the day Tuesday on the status of Kettletown State Park for Memorial Day weekend.

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