NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — In a repeat of Sunday, Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield filled up early on Monday, July 4.
The lakefront park is full to parking capacity and closed to new vehicles as of 8:15 a.m., the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced via Twitter.
The park was also closed to new cars by Sunday morning, but continued to allow walk-in visitors. This walk-in practice was blasted by New Fairfield Susan Chapman and Selectman Kim Hanson in a Facebook post as unsafe.
"By allowing unlimited walk-ins, the state is creating a public safety issue for both the people visiting the park and the residents of New Fairfield," the post said. "The state needs to immediately declare a moratorium on walk-ins at Squantz Pond State Park once the park is closed due to reaching maximum capacity for cars. The State Police cannot stop people from walking into the park until the state (DEEP) prohibits walk-ins. #NewFairfield."
Residents also complained about park visitors walking along and crossing Route 39 and parking in unsafe or illegal places in the area.
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