DEEP bans alcohol at six state recreation areas, effectively immediately

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Starting today, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will temporary ban alcohol at six public recreation areas around the state until late August, they announced Thursday afternoon.

The temporary alcohol ban will be enforced at Gardner Lake State Park, Paugussett State Forest (upper Section)/George Waldo State Park, Wadsworth Falls State Park, Lake Waramaug State Park, Quaddick State Park and Beach Pond Boat Launch, Voluntown, including part of Pachaug State Forest, “within 500 yards inland from the Beach Pond shoreline.”

The reason for the ban is because of “increased crowds and alcohol consumption, which led to increased incidents of misconduct, unruly behavior, property damage, trespass, and complaints by other visitors and the surrounding communities,” DEEP said.

The bans are in effect until August 25.

“We want our parks, forests, boat launches, and waters to be peaceful, family-oriented places where adults and children can feel welcome and safe,” Mason Trumble, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation, said in a news release. “This measure, combined with continued supervision and education by DEEP staff and officers, will help restore a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all.”

For more information or restrictions check out https://portal.ct.gov/deep.

Jessika Harkay can be reached at jharkay@courant.com.

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