Crowds head to state parks, beaches to celebrate holiday weekend - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Crowds head to state parks, beaches to celebrate holiday weekend

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Crowds flocked to Lighthouse Point Park on Sunday. (WFSB) Crowds flocked to Lighthouse Point Park on Sunday. (WFSB)
NEW FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Some state parks reached capacity on Sunday thanks to the nice weather and people enjoying the holiday weekend.

Officials said Squantz Pond State Park reached parking capacity Sunday morning at about 9 a.m.

By 11 a.m., the Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area in Cockaponset State Forest was full, and the swimming area at Mount Tom was full.

At about noon, Burr Pond State Park in Torrington and Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown had reached capacity. At 12:40 p.m., Rocky Neck State Park was at full capacity. Gardner Lake State Park in Salem was added to the list as well.

At 2:30 p.m., New Haven officials said Lighthouse Point Park was at full capacity.

"We have a very healthy crowd today we anticipate a larger crowd tomorrow," said Rebecca Bombaero, director of Parks and Recreation and Trees for New Haven.

Jason Gross arrived at the New Haven park around noon on Sunday.

"It was pretty crowded when we got here, a lot of people having cookouts and stuff," Gross said.

Natasha Jackson brought her three kids to the beach, trying to beat the heat.

"It's a hot day and I wanted to bring the kids here so we can have a good time," Jackson said.

For more information on park closings and capacity, visit the DEEP website.

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