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CT – State reducing hours, season-length at state parks, beaches, campgrounds amid budget cuts

 

State reducing hours, season-length at state parks, beaches, campgrounds amid budget cuts

HARTFORD–The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which operates the state’s 109 state parks and 32 state forests, is reducing hours and staffing at some the state parks, campgrounds and beaches due to budget restraints.

Currently, about 9 million visitors come through the parks each year, and operating costs are about $18 million, which funds everything including salaries for 70 staff and 500 seasonal workers. However, the General Fund budget for DEEP was cut by $10 million for the fiscal year starting July 1, and the following cuts will reduce spending by $1.8 million. No layoffs are planned.

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