List: State Parks temporarily closed to new visitors after reaching capacity on Memorial Day

Connecticut

(WTNH) — State Parks across Connecticut have become busier during the Memorial Day weekend. And with social distancing guidelines in place, DEEP has reduced the parking lot capacity at most of its State Parks.

After a gorgeous day Sunday, which led to multiple closures at parks and beaches, parks are beginning to fill up on this Memorial Day, despite less-than-perfect weather. Here are the parks closed so far due to parking lots reaching their reduced capacity:

  • C.P. Huntington State Park (Newtown, Bethel, Redding)
  • Kettletown State Park (Southbury)
  • Paugussett State Forest (Newtown)
  • Scantic River State Park, Powder Hollow (Enfield)
  • Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)
  • Southford Falls State Park (Southbury)
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park (Middletown)

For the latest closings: https://bit.ly/CTSTATEPARKStwitter

RELATED CONTENT: DEEP releases list of protocols for CT parks, beaches ahead of Memorial Day weekend

DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes announced a new website where people can check whether the park they are headed to is open or closed: What’s Open Outdoors. On the site, parks with either have a red, yellow or green indicator: red meaning closed and green signifying varying degrees of openness.

The commissioner also suggests, if a park is full, find another place to hike; visit an undiscovered gem.

Also, visitors should not expect bathroom buildings to be open at the State Parks; most locations will have portable toilets available.

Visitors are also asked to keep face coverings handy for times when they need to be in close proximity to others (less than six feet).

State Campgrounds will remain closed until at least June 11.

DEEP continues to ask visitors to follow social distancing guidelines (staying six feet from others) and encourages visitors to visit a state park closest to home.

News 8 will update this list as more State Parks fill to capacity.

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