The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is re-instituting a parking fee for non-resident visitors at certain parks, the agency announced Friday.
DEEP has not collected these fees this season—with the exception of at three of the four shoreline state beaches—due to COVID-19 safety precautions and staffing limitations.
Anyone in a Connecticut-registered vehicle can park for free at all state parks and forests year-round.
The fee collection process will require visitors arriving in vehicles registered outside of Connecticut to purchase a parking pass online or by phone when they arrive at the park. The new system will be tested at various locations starting on Monday.