Local and state parks reached parking capacity on a busy Fourth of July holiday.
According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, more than a dozen state parks had to turn away additional visitors before noon on Wednesday. Some reached capacity before 8 a.m.
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Several people at the parks told Channel 3 that they planned to be there for as long as they could because they might not get an opportunity to return later in the day.
"We got here about 7:30 and we set up here because I got to work tomorrow," said Nesto Valentin of Hartford.
"I was actually camping in my car since 6:30 this morning," said Marissa Gomez of New Britain. "This is actually my second year here. I'll be here until 5 because and then I'll go home. I've got work tomorrow."
On the local side, New Haven city officials reported that Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven closed to additional visitors just after 10:15 a.m. However, it said the rest of its beaches were open for business.
DEEP expected additional state parks to reach capacity as the day continues.
"I came here when I was a kid and I haven't been here in a long time, and I wanted to get here early but when we got here the parking was full so we had park, like down the block on the grass somewhere. But it was fine because you know it wasn't too long of a walk and it's nice out," said Joanne Cretella from New Haven.
"This is not unusual to see this on a busy holiday week," said Chris Collibee, DEEP's communications director. "If you are headed out please stay safe, drink plenty of water, and watch your children near the water. We want everyone to get home safely!"
The parking lots were filled to capacity, which meant some holiday beachgoer's parked a mile away outside the gated and walked to the beach.
"I'm just glad I'm here, enjoying my day. That's all I'm worried about," said Sierra Hurt from Willimantic.
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