If you’re thinking about heading to one of Connecticut’s state parks on Long Island Sound next week be warned.
If you get there late you may find that the park may have already reached full parking capacity. DEEP says that’s likely to happen next week as we head into warm summer weather and the July Fourth holiday.
Parks where that’s likely to happen include Sherwood Island in Westport, Hammonasset in Madison and Rocky Neck in Niantic.
“With the Fourth falling in the middle of the week, coupled with the warm weather that is forecasted, we expect our parks to be very busy.” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said in a release. “I encourage residents to take in a park or two over the extended holiday week, but they should plan ahead and anticipate some traffic and crowds at some locations.”
“Go early, but before you head out the door and check Twitter for parking news and learn about other parks you may want to visit,” added Esty. “If your first choice park is full, seek out another in the area for an experience you will never forget. Connecticut parks are popular this time of year and sometimes parking areas fill to capacity –a testament to what a great value our parks provide for us all.”
Announcements of parks that are filled to capacity are made on Twitter the following addresses:
Twitter.com/CTDEPoutdoorrec – general information about the park system and outdoor recreation in CT including closures
Twitter.com/CTrockyneck – specific to Rocky Neck –Updates posted about activities at the park as well as parking conditions
Twitter.com/CThammonasset – specific to Hammonasset and activities for campers, folks looking to visit Meigs and general park conditions
I’m including the Sherwood Island Twitter address, but unfortunately there’s little activity there. As we headed into the July Fourth holiday week, the last tweet was on Aug. 31 … days after Tropical Storm Irene.
Twitter.com/CTsherwoodislnd – specific to Sherwood Island and activities at the park including parking