Connecticut DEEP says no alcohol allowed at these state recreation areas – Hartford Courant

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Thursday it had reinstated temporary alcohol bans at seven state recreation areas.

The bans apply from now until September 5, the authority said.

The bans are imposed in these places:

  • Gardner Lake State Park and State Boat Launch, 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 State Boat Launch, Voluntown, including part of the Pachaug State Forest
  • Billings Lake State Boat Launch, North Stonington, including part of the Pachaug State Forest

“In recent summers, these locations have experienced increased crowds and alcohol consumption, leading to increased incidents of misconduct, unruly behavior, property damage, trespassing, and complaints from other visitors and the surrounding community,” the agency said in a statement.

The agency said the temporary alcohol ban “provides DEEP law enforcement officers with an enforceable tool to discourage inappropriate use of the state’s outdoor recreation areas and has been an effective tool used to reduce negative behavior and state parks, forests and boat docks.” safe and secure fun for everyone.”

“Connecticut’s state parks, forests and boat launches should be peaceful and family-oriented spaces where visitors can feel welcome and safe while enjoying the outdoors,” Mason Trumble, DEEP Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Protection, said in the statement

“This action, combined with continued monitoring and reconnaissance by DEEP staff and law enforcement officials, will help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for citizens of all ages.”