Two State Parks Remain Closed Amost Two Months After Violent Weather

Aaron Kupec
July 11, 2018 - 4:27 pm

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Almost two months after tornadoes and thunderstorms pounded Connecticut, Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden isn't even close to reopening.

Storm damage has changed the face of portions of the park.

"The Tower Trail alone, which is the primary path up the mountain that post people take ... suffered [the loss of] approximately 180 trees," said Chris Collibee, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. "[In] the picnic area and the parking area, it was approximately 9 to 12 acres of damage ... There's obviously additional damage throughout the park on other side trails as well."

Collibee says Sleeping Giant will remain closed at least through the summer. Officials are urging people to stay out, as it remains an active construction zone.

Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford also remains closed because of storm damage, but it's expected to reopen sooner.