NAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) -- A park in Naugatuck is currently closed after it was trashed by park-goers.
Police said they were contacted earlier this week by a number of people regarding the condition of Platts Mill River Park.
According to police, a large group of people went to the area to access the river and left it in “such a poor state that community members staged a clean-up effort to remove trash and debris left by these park attendees.”
The area will be closed through the upcoming weekend as a result.
Additional closures will be determined at a later time, and police will be stepping up patrols in the area as well.
Police are reminding folks that the area is not safe for swimming.
“Camp fires, open consumption of liquor, and activities that will deteriorate this area are strictly prohibited and enforcement action may be taken,” Naugatuck police said.
In fact, on Thursday afternoon a Ch. 3 crew went to the park area to check it out.
When they arrived, they saw two people illegally dumping contents off a truck. It happened just before 4 p.m. on Thursday.
The two people stopped what they were doing when they saw the Ch. 3 crew and drove off.
"That’s a serious problem. Believe it or not, if they did not see your vehicle so labeled, they would have continued doing what they had already started doing," said Richard Prosser, of Friends of Platts Mill River Park.
He visits the park as often as he can, and the sight disgusts him.
"Why are you going to dump it on the side of the river? That’s totally wrong, you don’t do that," Prosser said.
Friends of the river hope the increase in police and shutting down of the area will be a wake-up call for those who consider it their personal dumping ground.
"It needs to be stopped now, so if we have to sacrifice this 100 degree weekend, so what? You have to look at the big picture. If we all stand strong and say this is not going to happen, they’re going to have to go somewhere else to make the mess," Prosser said.
Police are thanking those community members who are committed to keeping the borough as clean and litter-free as possible.