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DEEP: Several state parks at full parking capacity

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People packed the Connecticut beaches on Monday. (WFSB) People packed the Connecticut beaches on Monday. (WFSB)

The perfect weather for the unofficial end of summer helped pack beaches across the state and even, caused officials to close some of the parking lots.

Running down the beach and towards the water, Niki Petrov and Alison Palmieri, both of North Haven spent their Labor Day enjoying the sun and the surf.

But like all good things -it must come to an end. And for these friends from North Haven, Labor Day signified the unofficial end of summer.

"It kind of means you can't be outside every day,” Palmieri said. “When you get home, you always have homework."

They weren't alone, the picnic tables were full and the parking lots were packed. While out on the beach, blankets and umbrellas were set up all over the sand.

"Kind of like the last hurrah for summer,” Logan Williams, who is a Quinnipiac University student, said. “Classes haven't really gotten into full swing yet, so we thought it would be fun to come down to the beach, enjoy the weather."

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the parking area for Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area in Cockaponset State Forest reached capacity at 3:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, parking areas closed at the following locations: 

  • Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union at 2 p.m.
  • Kent Falls State Park in Kent at 1 p.m.
  • Miller's Pond Park in Durham at 1 p.m.
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown at 12:40 p.m.
  • Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield at 12:30 p.m.
  • Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield at 12:15 p.m.

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