New Fairfield First Selectman Pat Del Monaco is looking into legislative options to prohibit walk-ins at Squantz Pond State Park. The two previous town leaders also tried to persuade the state to make the change.
Del Monaco says New Fairfield doesn't have the infrastructure to safely support walk-ins. There are no shoulders on Route 39, no sidewalks in the northern part of town, and no municipal parking areas near the park. She says those conditions make Squantz different from other state parks and it should be regulated differently.
It was announced by the State Parks Director back in March that a pre-ticketing opportunity at Squantz Pond in New Fairfield was being explored. The pilot program then was still in the idea phase. DEEP now expects the pre-ticketing program to be in place later this summer.
Visitors will be required to have a ticket to enter Squantz. Del Monaco says the idea is, that once ticket sales reach capacity, park closures will be announced online. No vehicle will be admitted without a ticket.