It’s now the unofficial start of summer that means a lot of people are expected to head to the beach. At Hammonasset State Park, the state had made some changes to make sure your experience is educational.
Two million people head to Hammonasset State Park each year. Part of the upgrades announced on Thursday were expected to help kids learn about Mother Nature.
The holiday weekend hadn't even officially begun yet, but Eyewitness News saw many already were enjoying the beach on Thursday.
Some of them will see some changes. The first begins with the opening of the new, 4,000-square-foot Meigs Point Nature Center.
“Inside the building you can take a trip through the major ecosystems that you find throughout C. You can take a trip through the forest and see some of the reptiles,” Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee said. “Because this is a new modern nature center, we have touch screens and computers screens that we can update with information.”
The upgrades were designed to inspire children to learn about the environment. The West Beach bathhouse also got some upgrades.
“A brand new facility with modern changing rooms, bathrooms, food service concessions and a big picnic deck elevated behind the doom,” Klee said.
The changes, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy, were meant to repair the damage the park has received from the brutal storms the area has seen over the last three years.
“As a year round attraction we're going to be able to see more use of this great park and drive additional attendance and encourage our kids to get out here more frequently,” Malloy said.
Hammonasset State Park has the largest beach frontage among all of the state parks.
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