MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)-- It's been known as a spot to relax and enjoy nature at it's grandest, but earlier this summer Wadsworth State Park in Middlefield was losing that label, leaving visitors disgusted.
So far, so good, according to people enjoying the scenery and to a state representative who's holding a meeting Wednesday night, to update the community about these positive changes.
In fact, he showed some pictures from earlier this summer that are anything but a pleasant scene you'd expect at a park.
All is calm and clean at Wadsworth Falls State Park in September.
Regular visitors like Villa Patel say the description a few months ago was polar opposite.
"There was trash, people drinking. It didn't symbolize a state park like I know. It was ridiculous. People were barbecuing, fighting for tables," said Patel.
State Representative Emil Altobello snapped some pictures earlier this summer showing trash, more trash, shoes trashed, a play pen on the rocks, not pretty.
But, since then, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection stepped in with more patrols, signs saying no picnicking, no leaving trash, no swimming in certain spots and no illegal parking.
"It wouldn't be a place I'd want to come back to," said Stephanie Carroll.
From unbearable to much, much better. That's how people News 8 talked to describe the falls now. It's pretty, it's peaceful and the grass without all of the picnic tables is growing back. People are coming back.
Over the phone, State Representative Altobello described the changes as "dramatic."
"It is pretty. Just the waterfall and the fact it's not trashy is nice," said Carroll.
Patel says the attention from officials like DEEP have certainly helped.
"Hopefully, if they continue this, by next year at this time it will be a beautiful place to come," said Patel.
Representative Altobello says he will give an update Wednesday night at 7 the Middletown Community Center. He said many times he's thrilled people are following the rules and he hopes people show up to give suggestions on how to make further improvements.
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