Free Admission at CT Parks this Weekend

Bigelow Hollow Boat Launch. Photo/CT/DEP

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says admission to state parks and beaches that are open for the Labor Day holiday weekend will be free.

Black Rock State Park. Photo/CT/DEP

“At the direction of Governor Malloy we are waiving admission fees for the holiday weekend, starting Friday, and opening our gates to park visitors free of charge,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. “We know there are still many residents of our state waiting for the power to come back on and still working to recover from the storm. But, we hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of the Governor’s offer and get outside to enjoy a relaxing day at one of our parks over the holiday.”

“With the hard work of DEEP park staff, I am pleased to note that close to 50 state parks and several of our campgrounds have already reopened,” Commissioner Esty said. “In addition, we are also reopening eight state park beaches today as a result of good results we received from water-quality tests.”

Harkness Memorial State Park. Photo/CT/DEP

The free admission to state parks and beaches applies only through Labor Day and does not apply to state park campgrounds, where normal camping fees will be charged. At some parks that are open, some services may not be available and some areas will be marked as off limits due to storm damage.

A complete list of state parks, state park beaches and state park campgrounds that are open is available at: Connecticut Parks, Beaches & Camp Openings. The list is updated several times a day as power comes on, damage is cleared and parks are deemed safe to reopen.

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