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DEEP bans alcohol at Burr Pond State Park

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Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has banned people from consuming and possessing alcohol at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. 

The ban will begin on Saturday, July 2. 

During the past few month, EnCon Police and Deep State Parks staff have noticed increased crowds and more incidents, many of which have been driven by excessive alcohol use. 

"I have exercised my authority to declare a 90-day ban on alcohol at Burr Pond State Park because large numbers of people consuming large volumes of alcohol that is not a combination conducive to public safety and enjoyment for out state's natural resources," said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. 

"I think it's a good idea because it keeps everyone safe and there's not a lot of rowdy people like there usually is," said Wayne Zola of Torrington. 

Burr Pond State Park is a popular park in Torrington with a beach ans swimming area. 

"We can bring our own food, cook there, swimming, we love to walk the trails," said Kristy McCann.

Most of the people in town support the decisions, but others didn't agree.

"Banning alcohol at the park? I don't think they should be doing that," said Jonny Baker. 

"I've been there, I've witnessed a lot of underage drinking and things that should not be going on and being a state park it should be more family oriented, I kind of think," said Heather Gracy. 

The vast majority of visitors to our parks enjoy themselves while following the rules and exhibit good behavior," Klee said. 

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