Another outdoor recreation area is closing for the foreseeable future due to concerns about overcrowding and public safety. FirstLight Power Services has filed a notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that they are temporarily closing access to the Falls Village Recreation Facilities, including picnic areas, parking areas, and hiking trails.
The canoe self-portage will remain open.
This is based on requests from the town of Salisbury, and Canaan following an incident over the weekend where a family got stuck on an outcropping and had to be rescued by emergency responders. On Sunday, a ten-year-old boy was swimming downstream of Great Falls and stranded himself on some rocks in the middle of the river. He did not feel that he could swim back to shore. The Falls Village and Lakeville Fire Departments responded and brought the boy to shore. There were no injuries reported.
The temporary closures are consistent with recommendations issued by the Connecticut Department of Health to minimize the potential exposure of FirstLight’s workforce, contractors and the general public to COVID-19. The facilities will reopen as community health conditions improve.