Fewer Lifeguards At State Parks For Labor Day Weekend

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There will be fewer lifeguards on duty at state parks this week and this weekend, according to a statement from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The number of lifeguards will be reduced throughout the week and over Labor Day weekend as many lifeguards leave their jobs to go back to school. Many of the state swimming areas will be completely unguarded during the rest of this work weak, though some may have lifeguards over the weekend.

Signs will be posted in areas that are not covered by a lifeguard.

DEEP will try and have coverage at swimming areas whenever possible through Monday, Sept. 1. After that there won’t be lifeguards on duty at any state swimming areas.

Parks that will not have any lifeguards at all this weekend–Aug. 30 thought Sept. 1–include Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford.

Shorelines that will have some unguarded sections include:

  • Hamonasset Beach State Park in Madison–Meigs Point, Middle & Each Beaches won’t have lifeguards, but West Beach will.
  • Sherwood Island State Park in Westport–West Beach won’t have lifeguards, but East Beach will.

During the summer months the following state parks normally have lifeguards on duty:

  • Hammonasset in Madison
  • Rocky Neck in Niantic
  • Sherwood Island in Westport
  • Silver Sands in Milford
  • Black Rock in Watertown
  • Burr Pond in Torrington
  • Indian Well in Shelton
  • Squantz Pond in New Fairfield
  • Wadsworth Falls in Middletown
  • Wharton Brook in Wallingford

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