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Visitors notice changes at state parks due to financial constraints

Visitors to state parks this summer may have noticed some changes because of Connecticut's financial woes.  A new campground was closed this summer.  Macedonia Brook State Park campground in Kent joined three others on the closure list from last year. 


The Putnam Memorial State Park visitor center in Redding is only open on weekends for the second year in a row. 


Lifeguards at Squantz Pond in New Fairfield and other state swim areas are only on duty Thursdays through Sundays, one less day than last year. 


There are also reports of more garbage piling up in some facilities.  Unlike New Jersey, Governor Dannel Malloy opted to keep the parks open during the budget shutdown because the parks bring in their own revenue.