The state was able to hire enough lifeguards to be on duty for Fourth of July weekend at eight of the most popular State Parks, including Squantz Pond in New Fairfield. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was able to hire guards for between 5 and 7 days a week through the majority of the summer at the parks. The 90 hirees will staff eight of the most popular swimming areas of the state park system, depending on staffing availability and weather. Where lifeguards are on duty, they will provide coverage from 10am to 6pm. Before visiting a Connecticut State Park or Forest, DEEP urges all residents and visitors to prioritize water safety. DEEP's What’s Open Outdoors Page will have up-to-the minute closure information.