Improvements to be made at popular shoreline park in Madison

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MADISON— Improvements are being planned at Connecticut’s most popular state park.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has begun work on a new nature center at Hammonasset Beach State Park. The 4,000-square-foot Meigs Point Nature Center will replace the existing outdated facility. It will be a year-round facility for use by the public and educators.

DEEP is also planning to restore storm-damaged facilities at West Beach. The state is constructing a 3,430-square-foot building that includes modern restrooms and changing areas, offices for the Environmental Conservation Police, a first aid station, a concession service area and a covered outdoor dining area.

New facilities, including beach volleyball courts, a children’s play area and paved pedestrian bicycle trail are also planned. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday.