HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a temporary alcohol ban in six recreational areas.
An increase in crowds and alcohol consumption in these areas has led to trespassing, property damage and illegal activity, DEEP said.
These alcohol bans are now in effect at the following locations:
- Gardner Lake State Park, Salem
- Paugussett State Forest (upper Section)
- George Waldo State Park, Southbury
- Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown/Middlefield
- Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston
- Quaddick State Park, Thompson
- Beach Pond Boat Launch, Voluntown, as well as the portion of Pachaug State Forest, within 500 yards inland from the Beach Pond shoreline.
“We want our parks, forests, boat launches, and waters to be peaceful, family-oriented places where adults and children can feel welcome and safe,” said Mason Trumble, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation. “This measure, combined with continued supervision and education by DEEP staff and officers, will help restore a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all.”
While some people News 8 spoke with said they wish the ban wasn’t in place, others said they’re happy steps are being taken to curb these incidents.
“I think the park is such a great resource for everyone to use, including families and other groups of folks, so it’s great to make sure it’s clean and safe for everyone,” said Stefanie Walker, of Meriden.
These bans will remain in effect until August 25, 2021