Colorful leaves, crisp weather, and fewer bugs make the fall a great season for camping.
Unfortunately, all campgrounds in your State Parks and Forests are closing this weekend on Labor Day (September 4 th ) due to budget cutbacks. In past years, most state campgrounds stayed open through Columbus Day weekend in October, but not anymore.
When state campgrounds close early, communities lose visitors and family traditions suffer. One member wrote to us recently about her great disappointment that their annual outdoor family reunion could not be held this year at the Hammonasset Beach State Park campground. Sadly for Connecticut, her family now plans to reserve a group camp site in Vermont or New Hampshire instead.
You have heard about the need to establish a “Passport to the Parks” in the state budget this year to assure more sustainable funding for state parks and the campgrounds they host. The Passport – a $10 charge added to your biennial vehicle registration – could generate enough revenue to better manage state parks, get Connecticut residents into the State Parks for free, AND keep campgrounds open.
Shouldn’t it be obvious to your State Legislators that having a Passport to the Parks would benefit you and the entire state?
At some point in the next few weeks, the General Assembly will hopefully approve a State Budget for 2018-19. Your willingness to take action and contact your Legislators makes a difference, and helps ensure that priorities like the Passport to the Parks are included. Please contact your Legislators at your convenience now or in the near future when we strongly encourage you to let your Legislators know how important well-maintained Parks and open campgrounds are to you and to Connecticut.
Every year, as CFPA advocates for your State Parks and Forests at the Capitol, we provide updates like this and ways for you to weigh-in to make a difference. Your involvement has never been more critical to protect those places that are special to you. Thank you for your support!