state parks


No Swimming At 3 State Parks

(Hartford, Connecticut) – Three Connecticut swimming areas are off limits due to water quality issues. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says Burr Pond State Park in Watertown, Gardner Lake State Park in […]


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State Parks Begin Collecting Sales Tax

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s three shoreline state parks are beginning to collect the 6.35 percent sales tax on parking fees. Beginning Saturday, the tax will be imposed at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, […]


Chatfield Hollow State Park (Courtesy DEEP)

Connecticut State Parks Grappling With New Tax On Parking

Staff manning the gates at 25 of Connecticut’s state parks might have to brush up on their math skills because the new state budget requires them to charge visitors the 6.35 percent state sales tax.


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Republicans Voice Disappointment With Park Funding Bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republicans in the state House of Representatives are disappointed with a bill originally designed to develop more revenue for Connecticut state parks. Instead, the legislation requires information be collected about food […]


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Travel Guide To Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

Head out for a vacation that will put you in the heart of America’s Great Sand Dunes. During your trip you can explore the country’s highest dunes, go hiking through diverse forests or splash around in local waterways.


Department of Motor Vehicles registration form. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Lawmakers Consider Opt-out Charge For Vehicle Registration

State lawmakers are considering whether to create a $5 surcharge on motor vehicle registrations, and allow automobile owners to opt out.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy held a news conference at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden to announce that July 26 and 27, 2014 will be "Free State Parks Weekend" in Connecticut. For the weekend, all parking and museum fees will be waived throughout Connecticut’s state park system.

Free Admission This Weekend To State Parks

(Hartford, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – Those who enjoy the outdoors will get a freebie this weekend. Governor Dannel Malloy, along with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is announcing free admission for residents to […]


Chatfield Hollow State Park (Courtesy DEEP)

Report Recommends State Parks Keep Half Their Annual Revenue

A legislative report recommends that state parks keep up to half their annual revenue as the state makes its largest investment ever to improve Connecticut parks as they celebrate their centennial.


Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman speaks at a ceremony at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill honoring the 100th anniversary of the state parks. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Anniversary Ceremony Brings Warning For Future of State Parks

At a ceremony celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of the first purchase of land for a state park, there was a warning about the future of Connecticut’s park system.