Connecticut state parks closed on maximum capacity amid heat wave

 Monday, July 27, 2020 


On Sunday, state parks in Connecticut reached its maximum capacity after potential record-setting heat settled over the state and forced authorities to closed down parks across the state. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection declared Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Scantic River State Park at Powder Hollow in Enfield closed, along with Millers Pond State Park in Haddam, Bigelow State Park in Union by 11 A.M.

The closure came after the parking lots of the parks filled to the capacity that is allowed under the present state of COVID-19 related restrictions. The Harkness State Park in Waterford, Gardner Lake in Salem, Silver Sands in Milford and Mount Tom in Litchfield became full by noon and was joined by Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown, Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam and Burr Pond in Torrington by afternoon.

According to meteorologist William Leatham of the National Weather Service, on Sunday, temperatures were expected to reach 96 degrees, which would break the record of 95 that was set in 1940 and reached again in 1989. As heat wave arrived and temperatures soared toward into the 90s, authorities even expected the state beaches to reach capacity. Normal temperatures for this time of year remain in the mid-80s, but it was expected to reach the mid to high 90s on Sunday and Monday.

The parks with closed lots Saturday included Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent, Silver Sands in Milford, Mount Tom in Litchfield, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Scantic River in Enfield, Millers Pond in Haddam, Sherwood Island in Westport, and Bigelow Hollow in Union.

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