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Several state parks closing tomorrow

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Parkgoers were enjoying Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam on Monday. The park closes on Tuesday. (WFSB) Parkgoers were enjoying Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam on Monday. The park closes on Tuesday. (WFSB)
EAST HADDAM, CT (WFSB) -

As Connecticut faces a budget crisis, the state's problems could take a toll on residents’ summer plans especially if you're a camper.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection runs the state parks and needed to find a way to cut $2 million.

Eyewitness News shows us how shutting down some campgrounds is hurting some local businesses bottom line.

Some campers were soaking up the last few hours of the holiday weekend at Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam on Monday.

“We love camping. We are from Australia," camper Matthew Payne said. “We have done it a lot and looking forward to exploring new place and it's a shame we can't come back here.”

Payne set up shop at the state campground for the Fourth of July and starting on Tuesday, it will shut down in an effort to cut costs.

Some local businesses owners such as a local country market said they weren't happy about it.

“It's helping the business very much having these campers," country market manager Mary Fazzino said. “They come in for last minute items or they shop for all week, if they're camping all week.”  

The same goes for Miller's Antiques on Route 82.  

“We get some campers, yeah especially from the Hopyard," Miller's Antiques owner Gary Miller said. “It's astonishing. I don't know what to say. I think its bad news.”

Two other eastern Connecticut campgrounds, Salt Rock in Baltic and Green Falls in Voluntown, will close starting on Tuesday.

For these businesses, they said they expect to lose customers this summer.

“I think it will, like anything if it closes down it's a ripple effect,” Fazzino said.

As for the other state park campgrounds, they'll close after Labor Day instead of remaining open through September.

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