Squantz Pond State Park reached capacity and closed to new cars by 8:15 a.m. Monday, the second time the park closed early during the holiday weekend. The park reached capacity by 9 a.m. Sunday.
While the park closed to new cars, there isn’t a policy restricting walk-ins. Many parked their cars at nearby parking lots or on side streets on Sunday and walked to the beach along Route 37. Some carried coolers side-by-side and were in the road. First Selectman Susan Chapman has advocated for the state to create a policy restricting walk-ins for two years. She said it’s unsafe to have beachgoers walking along Route 37 because it’s a busy road. She also worries allowing walk-ins would create large crowds that the lifeguards can’t monitor as effectively. On Sunday, Chapman tweeted the state “needs to declare a moratorium on walk-ins at Squantz Pond State Park.”