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Parks, Beaches Begin To Reopen; Free Admission This Weekend

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(Courtesy State DEEP)

(Courtesy State DEEP)

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Fifty state parks have re-opened since the remnants of Hurricane Irene blew across Connecticut,  and the eight state park beaches have reopened after tests showed satisfactory water quality.

The state announced free admission at parks and beaches Friday through Labor Day,  to help residents relax after the storm.  The free admission does not apply to state park campgrounds, where normal camping fees will apply.

Some services may not be available at some parks,  and certain areas may be blocked off because of storm damage.

The parks which have opened include Hammonasset Beach, Squantz Pond and Fort Trumbull State Park.

A complete list of state parks, state park beaches and state park campgrounds that are open is available at: www.ct.gov/Irene

DEEP reminds state park beach-goers to be aware that with summer winding down and many lifeguards going back to school there may be a reduced number of lifeguards at some locations this weekend.

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