Jul 30, 2013
04:22 AM
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As Wadsworth Falls Park in Middlefield Keeps Getting Trashed, Concerns Grow

As Wadsworth Falls Park in Middlefield Keeps Getting Trashed, Concerns Grow

Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press

Meriden resident Henry Matis cools off at Wadsworth Falls in Middlefield with his twin 2 1/2 year old daughters recently.

Workers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spent Monday morning cleaning up debris and other trash once again left behind over the weekend at Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield.

The state park’s deteriorating conditions were the focus of a meeting Friday in Hartford between town and state officials inside the Legislative Office Building’s Environmental Committee conference. Officials called the session productive in trying to find a way to remedy the situation.

However, some residents said they still noticed irregular activity, such as the consumption of alcoholic beverages, guests staying past the parks curfew hours and several piles of garbage near the walkway late Saturday.

“It’s a tragedy what the guests are doing to the river and to the neighbors,” said local tenant Nancy Grenier. “The bad ones ruin it for the good ones.”

The park continues to cope with the issue of inadequate parking. Over the July 4 weekend, police handed out 77 tickets for parking violations at $92 per ticket. Also, nearby St. Colman Church briefly installed “No Parking” barriers two weeks ago to curb congestion and control the use of their private parking area to visitors, according to DEEP officials.

State officials said at Friday’s meeting that they recently added additional “No Parking” signs around the parking lot in an effort to curb congestion and overcrowding.

However, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, who also attended Friday’s meeting, said Monday he received reports of a charter bus from New York dropping off scores of visitors after 8 a.m. on Sunday. The bus took up a good portion of the very limited parking area at the park and returned to pick up the guests around 5:30 p.m., with bags of their garbage remaining. 

That situation alone elevated Brayshaw’s concerns on the matter, he said.

See the full story at The Middletown Press online.


As Wadsworth Falls Park in Middlefield Keeps Getting Trashed, Concerns Grow

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