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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is exploring the idea of a pre-ticketing opportunity at Squantz Pond. Parks Director Tom Tyler says the pilot program is still in the idea phase, but it would signal to people not to visit the park because it's already sold out and at capacity.

Tyler was asked about the idea of shuttle bus service since walk-ins are not banned when the parking lot is full. He says they haven't explored it in the past, because of the capacity inside the park.  When the parking lot is full, he notes that the rest of the park is at capacity--beaches are crowded, bathrooms are fully utilized and the lifeguards ability to keep an eye on all visitors is at its limit. Some have questioned why the state still allows walk-ins.

 

A proposed regulation to ban walk-ins was previously rejected by the legislature's Regulation Review Committee.


When there's a closure, and it's communicated, Tyler says they've been successful in diverting traffic to other parks, or at the very least off Route 39.

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