State parks fill up on Memorial Day weekend


Sunday was a spectacular day, hot sun with a light breeze. A good time to head to a state park to enjoy the water and a barbecue.

So many people thought it was a good idea, that about a half a dozen state parks had to shut down temporarily because they were full to capacity.

In Middletown, at Wadsworth Falls State Park, Max Carrion said they had to wait quite a while.

“It was so crowded that we couldn’t get in, we had to make a line and wait around. 12 cars had to leave before any other people could come in. Pretty crowded, but worth the wait. The children are enjoying it and having a great time.”

Many of the parks filled up before noon, as there just weren’t enough parking spaces to go around. But Moe Pizarro said it was worth the wait!

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“We have chicken cutlets, shrimp shish kebabs and hotdogs and hamburgers, we made it all! We are having a great time, but it was very hard to get in. We had to wait like a half an hour because it was so crowded,” Pizarro said.

Here is a list of parks around the state that were filled to capacity:

Miller’s Pond State Park in Durham 

Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford 

Kent Falls State Park in Kent

Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown 


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