Alcohol bans to resume in 7 Connecticut parks and forests


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut park officials said they are reimposing a temporary alcohol ban this summer at seven state recreation areas that have had problems with alcohol, crowds, unruly behavior and material damage.

The ban, announced on Thursday, will take effect immediately and run until September 5.

Affected areas include Gardner Lake State Park and State Boat Launch in Salem; the upper part of Paugussett State Forest and George Waldo State Park in Southbury; Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown and Middlefield; Lake Waramaug State Park in New Preston and Quaddick State Park in Thompson.

Alcohol is also prohibited at Beach Pond State Boat Launch in Voluntown and Billings Lake State Boat Launch in North Stonington. Both sites include portions of the Pachaug State Forest, where alcohol is also not permitted.


Connecticut‘s state parks, forests and boat ramps should be peaceful, family-friendly places where visitors can feel welcome and safe while recreating themselves outdoors,” said Mason Trumble, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in a statement.

DEEP says the temporary ban has proven effective in reducing bad behavior.

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