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Trash, fights prompt alcohol ban at Scantic River State Park

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Garbage, broken beer bottles, fights and a parking nightmare at a state park in Enfield are just some of the reasons the state is taking action.

Officials said drinking at Scantic River State Park, which stretches from Enfield into Somers and Windsor Locks, has been a real problem.

They said too many people are cramming into the tiny parking lot, vying for spots by the river and leaving their trash behind.

As of Thursday, they've banned alcohol there for 90 days. That means it's in effect for the holiday weekend and most of the summer.

While the park is popular for its fishing, kayaking and walking trails, officials said it's becoming less popular because of what's being left behind and the out-of-control crowds.

“It kind of stops us from walking,” said Doc Vonstross of Enfield. “It's like geez, there's too much glass down there.”

“I think it's great to force people to take responsibility and care for the park a little bit,” said Emily Locke of Enfield.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it received complaints of people getting drunk and fighting at the park. It plans to have officers stationed throughout to enforce the ban.

It is also working with Enfield police to address the parking issue.

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