Restore CT State Parks

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Connecticut has an unprecedented amount of repair and refurbishment needed for our state parks, and The Lamont Administration has made a historic commitment to addressing the backlog of needed infrastructure improvement across the State Park system. The adopted state budget includes $51.5 million ($21.5 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds as well as $30 million of bond fund authorization) to support these important investments.


With this investment that the Lamont Administration is making we have been given an opportunity to really get to work. This is an opportunity catch up on some of that backlog in noticeable ways, such as the iconic Heublein Tower, and in not so noticeable ways, such as repairs to infrastructure that support our maintenance activities and position Connecticut to make our parks beautiful for all who enjoy them. This is a time to revitalize our outdoor spaces, invest in their future, and Restore Connecticut State Parks.


Here are some of the projects that will be funded through this historic investment in our State Parks.
Projects are listed in alphabetical order. Click on a link to jump to a section:
A–D  |  E–H  |  I–P  |  Q–Z 


American Legion State Forest – Barkhamsted

Replacement of North and South Restroom Facilities at Austin Hawes Campground – estimated cost $1.6M
Existing restroom facilities were constructed in 1968 and have deteriorated to their current extremely poor condition, with structure and plumbing now beyond repair.  Funding will involve the replacement of the existing facilities with new restrooms, which will require less maintenance and improve the visitor experience at this popular campground.


American Legion State Forest – Riverton

Invasive Plant Controlestimated cost $6,000
This project will involve removing non-native invasive plants currently growing within a 6-acre section of the American Legion State Forest and is scheduled to start in Spring of 2023. Plants that will be removed include Japanese barberry, Asian bittersweet, multi-flora rose, bush honeysuckle, and winged euonymus. Removing these invasive plants will allow native plants to grow in their place, which provide an important food source and habitat resources to native insects and wildlife.


Baldwin Bridge Boat Launch

Floating Dock & Gangway System Replacement – estimated cost $275,000

The floating docks and gangway system at the Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch Facility are old, worn, and in need of replacement. This project involves the replacement of the existing dock and gangway system using the latest DEEP Engineering Unit standards. This area is heavily used and protecting this water access will support several DEEP programs and public access.


Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument – North Canaan

Wood deck replacement – estimated cost $10,000
Due to wear and tear on the bridge wood decking at Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument it will be replaced.


Belding Wildlife Management Area, – Vernon

Bridge Ramp Replacement – estimated cost $5,000
The current bridge ramp lumber at Belding WMA is being removed and replaced.


Black Rock State Park – Thomaston

Enhance Restroom Facilities with New Partitions – estimated cost $100,000
Black Rock State Park offers excellent swimming, hiking, camping, scenic views, and Indian legend all tucked into the scenic rolling hills of the Western Highlands.  Funding will enable improvements to restroom facilities by replacing deteriorated bathroom partitions with low maintenance synthetic partitions in all four restroom buildings.

Beach Toilet Building Replacement & Utility Hook Up – estimated cost $100,000
This project will include the replacement of the beach toilet building and will be tied into municipal water and sewer.


Bolton Notch State Park

Parking Lot Expansion & Paving – estimated cost $75,000
The existing gravel parking lot will be expanded from a 30-car capacity to a 100-car capacity. Currently, the parking lot is undersized and exceeds capacity on an almost daily basis. This project will include paving, painting new lines, and installing new fencing.  This will allow for the increased enjoyment of the park and the nearby Hop River Trail.


Burlington Fish Hatchery – Burlington

Engineering Study – estimated cost $100,000 
The Burlington Fish Hatchery is 99-years old, and much of its plumbing is in need of evaluation, repairs and upgrading. This project will involve hiring an engineering consultant to create a plan for the needed updates, including installing new wells, re-pointing existing wells, replacing main water supply pipe to hatchery, installing new water collection boxes with valving to control water, and installing new rearing tanks. The hatchery produces Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee, and Rainbow Trout for Fisheries Management Programs. Fish raised here are used to stock local rivers, supporting recreational fishing programs.

Electrical Upgrades – estimated cost $2,000 
The objective of this project is to run power to various raceways and tanks at the hatchery, and to install outlets that will power the aerators responsible for providing oxygen to fish. The hatchery produces Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee, and Rainbow Trout for Fisheries Management Programs. Fish raised here are used to stock local rivers, supporting recreational fishing programs.

Hatch House Garage Door Replacement – estimated cost $10,000
The overhead door and supporting hardware on the hatch house will be removed & replaced with new equipment. Small repairs have supported the life of the current door for years, at this point a full replacement is needed. This door is used to load and unload fish feed into the hatch house. The hatchery produces Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee, and Rainbow Trout for Fisheries Management Programs.

Hatch House Window Replacement – estimated cost $175,000
All 47 windows on the main hatchery building will be replaced. The building was moved from another location and was erected at this site in 1923. The windows have aged and will be removed and replaced with new modern vinyl windows. The trim will be replaced, and siding will be repaired as needed. The new windows will help insulate the building, protecting the baby fish fry inside and reducing the cost of heating in the cold seasons. This will also reduce the amount of time and money needed for ongoing maintenance of the windows. The hatchery produces Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee, and Rainbow Trout for Fisheries Management Programs.

Chatfield Hollow State Park - Killingworth

Improvements to Beach Area – estimated cost $9,000
Chatfield Hollow State Park offers a scenic waterfront area and is a popular spot for swimmers.  The beach area has a shallow sand depth and turns up gravel and stones when graded.   Funding will allow the replenishment of the beach area with new sand, improving the experience of barefoot visitors, and will enable park staff to maintain proper grading of this area.

Shreeder Pond Dredge – estimated cost $20,000 
Dredging of Shreeder Pond will help clear leaf debris that has built up in many areas, and improve the aesthetics and water quality of the Pond. 

Evaluation and Rehabilitation of the Covered Bridge – estimated cost $100,000
Due to structural deterioration and abutment repair needs, the covered bridge at Chatfield Hollow State Park will be fully evaluated and rehabilitated.

Park Road Paving – estimated cost $500,000
The entire park, in particular park entrance, which has numerous patched potholes and drainage issues will be paved. 

Mill Pond Repair – estimated cost $150,000 
The Mill Pond dam at Chatfield Hollow needs to be repaired as the masonry work has deteriorated, resulting in loose stones, spillway damage and water running through the wing wall.

Replace Bridge with Culvert – estimated cost $200,000
A bridge at this park has stone abutments which have begun to fail. The surface will be repaved, and the bridge will be replaced with a culvert. This project will restore public ADA, and emergency access.


Cockaponset State Park

Main Office & Garage Repairs – estimated cost $100,000
The garage/main office building is in disrepair and is in need of a new roof and some siding repairs. The existing siding will have loose paint removed, be primed, and repainted. The project will include some lead-based paint mitigation.


Cockaponset State Forest – Haddam

Road Work – estimated cost $208,500.00
This project will span 3.78 miles of roadway in two areas within Cockaponset State Forest.  The road is severely washed out and is in need of several improvements including water bar construction, ditching, grading, and stone reinforcement.   Repairs will be made to the eroded dirt road to improve vehicle access for forest management, fire protection, recreational use, and disabled hunter access. Road repairs will also reduce sedimentation of waterways which can harm amphibian and reptile populations.


Day Pond, Salmon River State Forest – Marlborough

Timber Stand Management – estimated cost $7,350
The objective of this project is to improve 10.5 acres of forest within the Day Pond Block of Salmon River State Forest by implementing pre-commercial thinning and using timber stand management practices. Poor quality and undesirable trees will be felled to improve the growth and quality of the residual trees.


Dennis Hill State Park – Norfolk

Pavilion Floor Repair – estimated cost $20,000
The Dennis Hill State Park Pavilion, was once the summer residence of Dr. Frederick Shepard Dennis, who gifted the property to the State of Connecticut in 1935, and his home was converted into an open-air pavilion.  The floor will be repaired so the pavilion can continue to provide visitors with a unique destination for weddings and other special events.


Devil’s Hopyard State Park – East Haddam

Footbridge Repair – estimated cost $75,000
Repairs to the footbridge at Devil’s Hopyard include deck replacement and structural reinforcement.


Dinosaur State Park – Rocky Hill

Maintenance Building Roof Repair – estimated cost $20,000
Dinosaur State Park and its grounds offer a range of exciting opportunities for visitors, including an indoor exhibit center, and it more 200-million-year-old fossil trackway, trails, marsh boardwalk and pavilion.  There is one maintenance building on the property, and its roof is well beyond its useful lifespan.  Funding will enable the necessary roof repairs to be completed, including the replacement of shingles, rotted sheathing, and associated trim, the application of an ice and water barrier and the installation of gutters.

Red Trail Boardwalk Replacement – estimated cost $50,000
The boardwalk on the park's Red Trail is over 30 years old, failing and needs replacement. This boardwalk covers over half of the trial and is important in ensuring that the public enjoyment of this area can continue.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades – estimated cost $100,000
The windows and doors of the exhibit center will be replaced with modern energy efficient units. The current units are leaky, aged, and uninsulated, replacing them with more efficient options will reduce the energy footprint of the facility, costs of heating and cooling, and is in alignment with DEEP’s mission of conserving resources and increasing energy efficiency.


Dr John Flaherty Field Trial Area

Assessment for Roadway Stabilization & Stream Crossing Repair – estimated cost $30,000
Flooding of the Namerick Brook has washed over the roadway in several areas, resulting in roadway erosion and downstream sedimentation. There are three stream and trail crossings that will need to be repaired. Additional information is needed to determine a suitable stream crossing for each of these locations – possible solutions include but are not limited to: full replacement of the culverts, installation of pedestrian bridges, installation of vehicular bridges, or a combination of the three. This project will include studies and initial design plans to determine the best way forward. The stream crossings will be designed with future flow rates in mind. Reducing erosion will increase water quality by preventing sedimentation of the waterway. This area is used by hundreds of people for regional and national level field trials each year.



Eastern District Headquarters

Feasibility Study - Operations Consolidation & Facilities Redesign – estimated cost $50,000
An evaluation is needed at the Eastern Operational Headquarters to determine the best way forward to house and support various programs. Currently, these programs are stationed in multiple separate facilities in the eastern part of the state. These facilities are beginning to age and are also becoming undersized compared to their increasing program needs. Consolidating units under a singular site would allow for more centralized and efficient procedures and would result in long term savings compared with continuing to maintain aging and undersized facilities.

CARE Center/Forester Pond

Roof Repair & Replacement – estimated cost – $75,000
The slate roof of the CARE Center is leaking in several locations and is need of repair. The roof is original to the building, which was built in 1935. Additional repairs, including a full replacement, may become necessary if further disrepair is discovered when the slate roof is removed. The CARE Center is a historic building, serves as office space for staff, houses all equipment and supplies necessary for daily operations, and hosts 30-40 field trips per year to students from primarily undeserved communities. Repairing the roof now will prevent further disrepair spreading to other parts of the building and increased repair costs.

Miscellaneous Exterior Repairs – estimated cost $35,000
Siding and windows sills on the CARE Center building are rotted in many areas and will need to be replaced before more damage occurs. New windows and insulation will greatly improve heating efficiency, and these repairs overall will protect the integrity of this historic building.


Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park – Groton

Water Damage Repair – estimated cost $10,000
Water damage in the bathroom and kitchen areas of the Monument House, at Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, will be repaired.  This includes both plasterwork and woodwork in the historic structure, enabling continued use of the facility.


Fort Trumbull State Park – New London

Blockhouse Roof Replacement and Re-pointing – estimated cost $50,000 
The roof of the historic blockhouse, constructed in the 1800’s will be replaced and the lower courses of block on the building will be repointed. 

Elevator Replacement – estimated cost $100,000 
The elevator, allowing access to the top of the Fort at Fort Trumbull has been out of service for nearly a decade and must be replaced.  Replacement will allow access for all persons to the top of the Fort, ensuing a pleasurable experience for all who visit.

HVAC System – estimated cost $250,000 
A ventilation and temperature control system will be installed at the Fort at Fort Trumbull State Park.  Currently the rooms are not open to the public due to hazardous conditions.  This will prevent mold growth, increase the lifespan of the building and allow greater public access to the facility.

Gate Replacement – estimated cost $15,000 
The main gate was vandalized and needs to be replaced.  This gate controls access to the grounds and prohibits unauthorized vehicle access.

Crack Sealing of Parking Lot – estimated cost $30,000 
The parking lot at Fort Trumbull State Park will be crack sealed to prevent further damage and ensure its integrity.

Lead Paint Removal (Fort) – estimated cost $50,000
This project includes the removal of lead paint will be completed to reopen public access to interior areas of the Fort. Completing this project will protect staff and public safety, and may allow for an expansion of the public access area in the future.

Repointing – estimated cost $40,000
The masonry mortar on the exterior of the fort walls requires routine maintenance. This repointing will ensure the longevity of the historic building.

Pier 7 Water System Design Consultation and Install (Phase 1) - estimated cost $75,000
The current water system is weather damaged and not up to code. There currently is no available water for ships to use; this project is necessary to meet code and ensure functionality for docking vessels.


Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area – Franklin

Range Storage Building – estimated cost $18,000 
The range storage building houses equipment for hunter safety events and educational programs. These repairs include addressing areas of rot in the building walls and replacement of the building roof to better protect these hunter safety training tools.

Research Building Storage Building Roof $22,000 
A storage building that houses equipment for wildlife research and a small field laboratory will receive new exterior shingles and a new roof to address interior leaks and better protect these items and the associated research space. Activities supported through this project directly benefit wildlife-based recreational activities such as wildlife viewing and hunting.


Gardner Lake State Park – Salem

Improvements to Beach Area – estimated cost $50,000
Gardner Lake State Park attracts visitors who are primarily visiting to enjoy the waterfront.  Existing sand quality has deteriorated.  This project will replenish the area with new sand to improve the visitor experience. 


Gay City State Park – Hebron

Beach Area Upgrades – estimated cost $100,000
Gay City State Park offers 1500 acres of endless opportunities for outdoor fun including the exploration of extinct mill-town ruins and stone foundations, picnicking, and swimming. This project will enhance the existing beach area by replenishing with new sand, regrading, and redirecting runoff from the upper parking lot away from the beach. Upper parking lot area will also be re-graded as part of this project.


Gillette Castle State Park – East Haddam

Masonry Wall Sealing – estimated cost $20,000 
The maintenance schedule for this historic structure calls for sealing the exterior masonry every 5 years.  This sealing will protect and preserve the structure.

Pergola and Solarium Repairs – estimated cost $50,000 
The Pergola will be restored and the solarium windows and sills will be repaired, reglazed and repainted.

Terrace Reconstruction – estimated cost $900,000
This project will restore the historic terrace overlook adjacent to the castle including a new drainage system and railings for visitors to safely view the Connecticut River from this location.

HVAC Control Upgrade – estimated cost $100,000
The current HVAC system is operating with limited functionality due to obsolescence and needs replacement. Upgrading this system will increase its overall heating and cooling efficiency.

Carpet Replacement – estimated cost $50,000
The carpets in the Castle are deteriorating and have reached the end of their serviceable life after 20 years of wear and tear. The historic castle is open for public visitation, and upgrading the flooring materials will ensure public safety and protect the floor surfaces from degradation due to heavy traffic.

Hammonasset Beach State Park – Madison

East Beach Bathhouse Deck Replacement – estimated cost $110,000 
Many visitors at Hammonsset Beach State Park enjoy the views from both the sand and even from the decks of our bath houses.  While the East Beach Bath House facility is in good condition overall, the deck is beginning to fall into a state of disrepair. Funding would allow the deck to be replaced before it deteriorates further. 

Road Paving Project – estimated cost $1.5M 
Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut’s largest shoreline park, attracting over 3 million visitors each year.  Funding will involve the complete repaving of the heavily used four lanes of the main park entry road, which represents both the entry and exit lanes from Route 1 to the main rotary inside the park. 

Beach Road Campsites Utility Upgrade – estimated cost $25,000 
Campsites 1 - 20 on Beach Road are the most sought-after campsites of all CT State Parks.  The current 30 amp service utilities on these sites were installed over 10 years ago, and are unable to handle the higher demand of today’s new, larger camping units with options that require more amperage.  Funding will enable these sites to be updated from 30 amp to 50 amp service. 

Roof Replacement - Picnic Shelter #2 – estimated cost $15,000 
Hammonasset Beach State Park hosts thousands of family gatherings, birthday parties, workplace functions, showers and other celebrations each year, many taking place in our reservable picnic shelters, which can accommodate up to 65 guests each.  The antiquated pine ship-lap roof of Shelter #2 was last known to be replaced in 1987, is showing advanced signs of deterioration occurring over the last 30+ years.  This project will involve stripping the old roof down to the rafters and replacing the roof (including shingles), enabling this to continue to be a popular gathering place for years to come. 

Roof Replacement - Picnic Shelter #3 – estimated cost $15,000 
Hammonasset Beach State Park hosts thousands of family gatherings, birthday parties, workplace functions, showers and other celebrations each year, many taking place in our reservable picnic shelters, which can accommodate up to 65 guests each.  The antiquated pine ship-lap roof of Shelter #2 was last known to be replaced in 1983, is showing advanced signs of deterioration occurring over the last 40 years.  This project will involve stripping the old roof down to the rafters and replacing the roof (including shingles), enabling this to continue to be a popular gathering place for years to come. 

Replacement of Wooden Post and Rail – estimated cost $150,000 
With over 3 million visitors arriving at Hammonasset Beach State Park each year, the park entrance and main entry road give visitors their first impression of the park and provides them with direction on where to go.  Funding of this project involves the replacement of deteriorating wooden post and rail guardrail alongside approximately 3/4 mile of the main entry road, from the campground exit road to the main park rotary.  This rail also acts a safety barrier between the campground and entry road, preventing vehicles from entering the campground and bypassing the camp office.

Design Consultation for Meigs Point Public Access Pier – estimated cost $250,000 
The current rock jetty is degraded; a consultant will be contracted to provide design services for a public pier at Meigs Point which will be ADA compliant and create additional equitable access for the public. Design options may include but will not be limited to  stabilizing/capping existing jetty, constructing a new pier over the existing jetty, or constructing a pier in a different location.


Harkness Memorial State Park – Waterford

Staff/Maintenance Area Renovations and Improvements – estimated cost $750,000
The former summer residence of the Harkness family included staff quarters from when they were in residence in the early 1900’s.  This building was used for staff offices and maintenance operations but is structurally and operationally deficient.  These renovations and improvements will bring the building back up to code and allow for use by park staff.

Carriage House Roof Repairs – estimated cost $275,000
The current roof has outlived its life expectancy and is actively leaking. This project will repair the roof, stop water infiltration into the building, and preserve the historic structure.

Mansion Exterior Repairs – estimated cost $1,000,000
The wood components of the mansion's dormers, fascia, and windows have begun to rot in several places and will need to be replaced. The exterior mortar of the mansion's masonry walls requires ongoing maintenance and will be replaced or repointed as necessary. The mansion is a historic building and is rented out for private events.


Haystack Mountain State Park – Norfolk

Invasive Plant Control – estimated cost $18,000
This project is to take place on a 20-acre section of the State Park, where an ash tree salvage operation occurred in 2022. This area is in need of invasive plant management. This project will involve removing non-native invasive plants including Japanese barberry, multi-flora rose, bush honeysuckle, Asian Bittersweet, and others. Removing these invasive plants will allow native plants to grow in their place, which provide an important food source and habitat resources to native insects and wildlife, and reinforce the overall forest ecosystem.


Highland Lake

Boat Launch Paving – estimated cost $180,000
The paved parking lot of the Highland Lake Boat Launch is in very poor condition. The existing pavement will be reclaimed, the area will be graded to promote proper drainage, and the site will be repaved with a more adequate base.

Hop River State Park Trail - Bolton

Installation of Lighting in the Hop River Trail Tunnel – estimated cost $200,000
By the 1960’s, Connecticut’s vast rail-based transportation era had come to an end, and as railroads became abandoned, conservation efforts through the years have yield the many rail-trail systems we have today, including the Hop River State Park Trail.  The 20 plus miles of this trail is a popular destination for walkers, bikers, and other recreational users.  This project will involve installing lighting in the Hop River Trail Tunnel, a 300 foot long, curved tunnel with drainage ditches on both sides of the trail.  Currently unlit and dark due to its length and curvature, this project will address safety concerns by coordinating lighting with daylight and park hours.



Indian Well State Park – Shelton

Tree Removal and Pruning – estimated cost $75,000
Tree removal and pruning is a necessary expense of maintaining our State Parks.  This project involves the removal of approximately 50 trees, and the pruning of an additional 104 trees at Indian Well State Park, with chipping and removal included, and the removal of stumps later.

Guard Shack/Office Improvements – estimated cost $82,000
The employee work locations are currently in disrepair. This project will ensure code compliance, that building standards are met, and that both staff and the public have a safe experience.


James L. Goodwin State Forest/Natchaug State Forest – Hampton

Invasive Plant Control – estimated cost $33,000
This project will involve removing non-native invasive plants across a 33.6-acre section of Goodwin/Natchaug State Forest. In this section of the State Forest, invasive plants threaten forest resilience by overwhelming the forest understory, and native trees succumb to invasive insects. Removing these invasive plants will allow native plants to re-grow, which provide an important food source and habitat resources to native insects and wildlife, and overall strengthen our forest ecosystems.

Museum and Garage Roof Replacements – estimated cost $46,000
The current roofs have lost their structural integrity; this project will repair or replace failing structural components and install new asphalt shingles.  Both buildings are critical to Goodwins operation for education and grounds maintenance. Completing this project will protect the integrity of these structures.


Kensington Fish Hatchery – Kent

Carport Addition - estimated cost $25,000
A carport will be built to house fishery tanker vehicles. Parking the tanker inside will greatly increase its life and the life of the oxygen system and aerators on board. Tankers and life support systems are very expensive to replace. This work will be done by the state carpenter and hatchery staff. The tanker vehicles are used in fish stocking projects across the state.


Kent Falls State Park – Kent

Enhancement of the Kent Falls State Park Trail – estimated cost $250,000
Kent Falls State Park is a popular tourist destination and is well known for its exceptional scenic qualities. This project will involve replacing the existing wire rope rail system on the trail with wooden rails to ensure public safety.  The trail surface will be regraded, and concrete applied to improve the walking surface.


Kettletown State Park

Camp Office Replacement – estimated cost $250,000
The former building was in disrepair lost to fire in 2023; a replacement structure will be built to create a camp office to greet the public and perform camp operations.


Lake Zoar Boat Launch

Piling and Dock Replacement – estimated cost $40,000
The pilings at the boat launch are worn and will need to be replaced. The floating wood docks will also be replaced. Lake Zoar covers approximately 900 acres, is connected to Lake Lillinoah and the Housatonic River, and provides opportunities for recreational boating and fishing.


Larkin State Park Trail – Naugatuck

Enhancement of the Larkin State Park Trail – estimated cost $400,000
Stretching across four towns and encompassing 110 acres, the 10-mile-long Larkin State Park Trail is a popular linear trail used by hikers, equestrians and other user groups.  Some sections have eroded and overgrown leading to nearly impassable conditions in some locations.  This project includes reconstruction of several sections, rebuilding the railbed to pre-erosion condition, with the addition of gravel, stone dust overlay and drainage swales.


Marine District Head Quarters

Boardwalk Replacement Phase 1 – estimated cost $60,000
Previous small and temporary repairs have been made to the boardwalk over time, a permanent repair and replacement is now needed. Redesigning the boardwalk to improve drainage, and using improved materials will result in a lower cost and frequency of maintenance. The boardwalk is heavily used, and the replacement will be constructed to ADA standards. The boardwalk provides a recreational river front access walkway to the public, including daily walkers, bird watchers, anglers, crabbers, runners, and more.  


Mashamoquet Brook State Park – Pomfret

Wolf Den Campground Bathhouse – estimated cost $6,540
The Wolf Den Campground Bathhouse’s well water tanks will be replaced. 

Improvements to Wolf Den Campground – estimated cost $4,000
This project will replace the electrical service that supplied the campground dump station and water supply from the former maintenance barn.  A new electrical service will be installed to fulfill the need for power as a result of the loss of the building to fire.


Middlebury Garage

Demo and Build WD Fire HQ – estimated cost $500,000
The current building that serves as the Western District Forest Fire HQ is deteriorating and will be demolished and reconstructed. The facility has been given many repairs over time, and the cost to continue this maintenance is increasing. Replacing this building will result in lower maintenance costs and will provide improved facilities to house DEEP’s western fire response program.


Mooween State Park

New Parking Log  – estimated cost $120,000
There is no suitable parking area at this park, vehicles routinely park on the roadside causing a dangerous safety concern for pedestrians. The creation of a parking lot will enable safe visitation to the park.

Naugatuck State Forest

Brooksvale Stream Crossing – estimated cost $517,000
Failing culverts have led to continuous washouts of the road and impede native brook trout passage. This location is on the top 7% of trout streams in CT and is a valuable resource for anglers and hikers. Ensuring that this stream crossing is traversable will also allow for continued forest management activities. 

Natchaug State Forest – Eastford

Forest Headquarters Roof Install – estimated cost $75,000
The roof at the Natchaug Forest Headquarters is structurally unsound.  This will allow for the repair of structural deficiencies and the installation of new metal roofing.  Due to its location and susceptibility to lighting strike, arresters will be installed.


Natchaug State Forest – Hampton / Eastford

Road Resurfacing – estimated cost $78,000
Routine use, and increased frequency of storm events have left roads within the State Forest below grade, needing gravel and improved drainage to properly shed water and reduce sedimentation. Culverts also need to be replaced as many are undersized to handle increased water volume demands associated with climate change. Repairing these roadways will facilitate public, administrative, and emergency access to thousands of acres of Natchaug State Forest and will reduce sedimentation of waterways which can harm amphibian and reptile populations.


Niantic River Boat Launch / Mago Point

Parking Area/Access Expansion & Upgrades – estimated cost $500,000
The existing overflow parking area is in need of renovations. This will increase water access for the state, municipality, and the public. The new design will include, boat trailer and car parking, storm water mitigation. 


Nipmuck State Forest

Roadway Stabilization & Culvert Replacement – estimated cost $107,500
Stickney Hill Road is the only access to the Ben Arnold Fields, the southern portion of the 2,729-acre block of forest. Some parts of this road are impassable, and significant improvements are needed. This will include 2.5 miles of road stabilization and culvert replacement. Maintaining this infrastructure will meet the needs for access by Law Enforcement, Parks, Forestry and Wildlife to complete work in resource management, and will provide hiking and hunting access to the public.


Osbornedale State Park

Pavilion to Pond ADA Walkway – estimated cost $40,000
Current access to the pavilion is limited. Installation of an ADA compliant walkway and installation of a retaining wall will enhance the visitor experience.

Building Electrical Improvements – estimated cost $125,000
The current electrical system is outdated and needs to be updated. 5 facilities are targeted for this project - 2 pavilions, 2 bath houses, and the unit headquarters.

Pavilion 3 Power & Water Connection – estimated cost $40,000
Power and water installed at Pavilion 3. The well casing will be raised, and a new pump will be installed. Power and water lines will be connected from the pavilion to the utility pole and well.

Pavilion 1 Roof Planking – estimated cost $40,000
The roof planking is sagging and proactively repairing and replacing aged materials will protect this structure for the continued public enjoyment of the pavilion.


Pachaug State Forest – Voluntown

Pachaug – Green Falls Water System Upgrade – estimated cost $75,000 
Currently there is no fresh water access for campers at the Green Falls Campground.  This project will utilize existing wells and install a pump house and water storage tanks providing fresh water for the picnic and campground areas. 

Maintenance Facility Lighting Upgrade – estimated cost $20,000 
The lighting at the Pachaug Maintenance Facility is inadequate, inefficient and beyond its usable lifespan.  LED lighting will be installed providing appropriate safety and greater efficiency.

Trail 2 Road Project – estimated cost $88,500 
The current culverts are inadequate to allow the passage of increased water flow and need to be replaced. Upon completion, gravel will be introduced to dress and crown Trail 2.



Quaddick State Park

Workshop and Office Roof Repairs – estimated cost $25,000 
This project will repair structural roof issues and repair as necessary, along with replacement of roof shingles. The roof is currently leaking and protecting the integrity of the roof is crucial for park operations.

Quinebaug Fish Hatchery – Plainfield

Piping Repairs & Tank Resurfacing – estimated cost $100,000 
The Quinebaug Fish Hatchery was constructed in 1971, and the piping and tank bottoms are in disrepair. The objective of this project is to have the failing tank drainpipes lined, and to resurface the fish tank bottoms. The hatchery produces several species of trout for Fisheries Management Programs. Fish raised here are used to stock local rivers, supporting recreational fishing programs.

Lighting Improvements – estimated cost $15,000
The lighting system over the 50ft production tanks is made of antiquated high pressure sodium bulbs, half of which are currently non-functional. This lighting system will be replaced with energy efficient LED lighting to improve safety, operations, and lower energy consumption.

Emergency Generator and Underground Storage Tank – estimated cost $500,000
Quinebaug Valley Hatchery is the state’s largest trout hatchery, annually raising 480,000 catchable size brook, brown, rainbow and tiger (hybrid between a brown and brook) trout along with fingerlings for use in other state fish hatcheries to support recreational fishing in Connecticut.  Coldwater recreational fisheries in CT (Trout and salmon) support over 1.5 million fishing trips per year by over 100,000 anglers, generating ~$45M in annual expenditures and a net economic impact of ~$67.5 million per year.  Catastrophic losses of fish would start within 30 minutes if the facility lost commercial power and the site’s generator were to fail. The new backup generator for Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery will replace a nearly 30 year old generator that is currently the only backup power supply to the facility.

50' Tank - Resurfacing & Drainpipe Relining – estimated cost $100,000
The drainpipes are roughly 50 years old and are beginning to deteriorate, along with the bottom of the tank resulting in a decreased and unstable fish production. This project will include some hazardous material mitigation. Relining and resurfacing will protect the young fish. The Quinebaug Valley State Fish Hatchery raises several trout species that are stocked in many waterways across the state.


Quinebaug River Wildlife Management Area, Plainfield

Habitat Management – estimated cost $44,000
This project is for mowing services at Quinebaug River Wildlife Management Area. The project activity will consist of mowing woody vegetation for the purpose of wildlife habitat management. The project does not involve the construction, repair or replacement of any infrastructure. Following project activities, the site will remain an undeveloped natural area composed of unique high-quality habitat.


Rocky Neck State Park – East Lyme

Utility Upgrade and Replacement – estimated cost $8.5M
Much of the utility infrastructure at Rocky Neck State Park is decades old and requires upgrades and repairs.  This project will support a feasibility and design study, construction, and upgrade of sewer, electric and telecom.  A similar project was completed at Hammonasset Beach State Park.  This will allow for greater reliability of the public amenities in the day use and campground areas of the park. 


Salmon River State Forest – East Hampton

ADA Fishing Access Improvements – estimated cost $40,000
The objective of this project is to replace and improve the current ADA accessible path and retaining wall in the designated fishing area of Salmon River State Forest. This will allow ADA accessible fishing to continue in the Salmon River.


Salmon River State Forest – Colchester

Invasive Plant Control – estimated cost $35,000
The objective of this project is to reduce the presence of non-native invasive plant species that are spreading across two forest stands within the Salmon River State Forest, spanning a total of 34 acres. The plants being targeted for removal include Japanese barbery, multi-Flora rose and bittersweet varying in density from low to high. If untreated, there shrubs will continue to grow and spread, displacing native vegetation and degrading the forest ecosystem. The means of eradication will be a combination of cutting and herbicide.


Salt Rock State Park Campground – Sprague

Construction of New Bath House Facility – estimated cost $1M 
Salt Rock Campground is the most recent addition to the CT State Park Campground system.  Despite its recent acquisition, the facilities at Salt Rock Campground are in disrepair and unsuitable for the volume of use that they receive.  Funding will involve the construction of a new bath house facility using the DEEP standardized design, which will consolidate and expand on existing facilities inherited with the property. 

Improvements to Campground Office – estimated cost $18,0000
The office at Salt Rock Campground currently has only storm/plexiglass windows and is not insulated, despite being used year-round by full-time and seasonal staff.   The building has leaks and does not effectively hold heat and air conditioning, resulting in reduced efficiency and higher operation costs.  This project involves the replacement of the asphalt-shingle roof, windows, the addition of insulation, and the installation of a finished wall over the insulation.


Seaside State Park – Waterford

Site Improvements and Improved Public Access  – estimated cost $7.1M

The implementation of “Passive Park” concept at Seaside will include removal of the deteriorated buildings; the implementation of restrooms and walking trails, shoreline improvements, picnic areas, parking improvements, historic interpretation of the site, and other elements.


Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Necropsy and Pathology Lab – estimated cost $75,000

A new necropsy and pathology lab is needed to serve both the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The current lab is undersized and does not meet agency needs. The efforts of the necropsy lab help to monitor wildlife diseases, wildlife population data, and gather information important in improving habitat management and public safety.


Boardwalk Replacement – estimated cost $180,000

The existing boardwalk has been closed due to its disrepair and will need to be replaced. The proposed boardwalk will re-establish access to the existing marsh blind overlooking the large beaver marsh. This site was previously enjoyed by the public and used in educational programs. Replacing the boardwalk would prevent any further deterioration of existing construction into the marsh. This project is part of a cooperative effort between DEEP and CCSU's School of Engineering.


Shenipsit State Forest – Stafford

Maintenance Facility Electrical Upgrade – estimated cost $17,000
The Maintenance Facility’s electrical system is in need of substantial repair and upgrade to support our staff operations of the Forest unit.


Sherwood Island State Park – Westport

Maintenance Facility Restroom Improvements – estimated cost $7,500 
The restrooms in the Stone Barn and Mechanic’s Shop will be rehabilitated to ensure continued operations and meet code standards. 

Stone Barn ADA Upgrades – estimated cost $40,000 
The doors on the Stone Barn Maintenance Facility will be upsized to meet ADA compliance widths.  This will allow for proper ingress and egress and reduce other operational obstacles.

Asphalt Crack Sealing and Repair – estimated cost $80,000 
Throughout the park, bituminous surfaces will be either crack-sealed or repaired to prevent further degradation.

Maintenance Storage Building – estimated cost $400,000 
A simple metal vehicle and equipment storage building will be constructed to meet park operational needs. 

White Barn and Grove Bath House Demolition – estimated cost $25,000 
The White Barn and the Grove Bath House at Sherwood Island State Park are structurally deficient, and portions are beyond repair.  They are not usable for park operations and will be removed. 

East and West Bathroom Painting – estimated cost $60,000 
Repainting the bathhouses will ensure their longevity. Wear is exacerbated by exposure to the salty air. Without routine maintenance, these building which house the changing rooms and bathrooms would quickly deteriorate.


Silver Sands State Park – Milford

Marsh Bridge and Walk Renovations – estimated cost $110,000
The Marsh Bridge and Walk will have current decking and posts removed and replaced.  The aluminum rails will be re-used in the reconstruction. 


Squantz Pond State Park – New Fairfield

Bath House Improvements – estimated cost $80,000 
Squantz Pond offers four season enjoyment with steep, wooded slopes, a cool, blue pond popular for swimming, and colorful foliage to delight visitors throughout the year.  Funding will allow the replacement of partitions that are in poor condition, the addition of energy efficient and emergency lighting, updated plumbing, and flooring improvements.  The project also includes a new roof and the removal of leaking skylights.

Squantz Cove State Boat Launch Renovations – estimated cost $1M
Renovation of an existing public state boat launch and associated gravel parking area to improve public access, safety, and make the recreational facility ADA compliant.

New Pavilion – estimated cost $152,855
Squantz Pond, a very popular facility, does not have a pavilion for public use. Construction will not only provide an additional facility there, rentals will also provide income for ongoing park operations.

Boat Launch ADA Enhancement – estimated cost $1M
The existing boat launch and gravel parking area requires renovations to install ADA compliant measures. The boat launch is on Squantz pond which connects to Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in the state covering over 8 square miles. This lake is used each year by thousands of boaters, swimmers, anglers, and more. Improving the ADA measures at this site will allow this area to be enjoyed by all.


Statewide – Multiple Locations

Water System Upgrades – estimated cost $50,000
These funds will be allocated to a number of DEEP facilities across the State to repair, upgrade, and replace applicable components associated with regulated public water systems.

Toilet Upgrades – estimated cost $800,000
Initiative to replace several single unit composting toilets throughout the state with vault-style toilets.

Standardized Picnic Pavilion Design – estimated cost $100,000
Many park pavilions across the state are in need of repair or replacement; they are extremely popular public resources and are used by thousands of people each year. A standard design is in order so that we can continue to provide an ADA compliant facility which is safe and pleasing to all.


Stoddard Hill State Park Scenic Reserve

Parking Lot & Access Road Paving – estimated cost $50,000
The access road and parking lot of the boat launch area is in disrepair and will need to be repaved. A contractor will perform a site assessment and will recommend a site design, which will include improved drainage if necessary. Repairing the road and fixing the drainage will save on future time, labor, and materials to repair the area after storms.

Sunrise State Park

Boat Launch Access & Road Stabilization – estimated cost $250,000
The public access roadway has failed. This project will rebuild Echo Farm Road with considerations for proper base, compaction, and drainage.  The launch itself will be improved and riverbank stabilized. The parking area will also be redefined and rebuilt. Guardrails will be added to improve public safety.


Talcott Mountain State Park – Simsbury

Heublein Tower – Major Renovations and Preservation – estimated cost $6.2M
Heublein Tower originally built in 1914 and opened to the public in 1974, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and is one of Connecticut’s most iconic cultural resources. Those with sharp vision can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles from the top of the tower, which welcomes an estimated 130,000 visitors each year.  Funding will be used to for a detailed condition assessment, as well as planning and design work leading to major capital improvements of the Tower. 

Heublein Tower Observation Deck Replacement Windows – estimated cost $150,000 
This project, which will run in advance of the larger, and longer-term, renovation project discussed above, will involve the replacement of the Observation Deck’s twenty windows which were last replaced in the 1980’s.  New, historically appropriate windows built to withstand severe weather and winds, will create a safer area for observations.


Topsmead State Forest – Litchfield

Relocation of Maintenance Facility Electrical Panel – estimated cost $5,000 
The electrical panel is currently located in a position which is too close to the furnace and must be relocated. 

Addition of Winter Parking Lot – estimated cost $20,000 
A new small (20 car) parking area for off-season parking will be created to allow for access when the roadway is impassable, typically in spring in winter.


Western District Wildlife Management Areas, Forests & Parks

Gate Installations – estimated cost $25,000
Ten gates need to be installed to block unauthorized vehicle access on gravel roads in several State Forests. Unlimited vehicle access during mud season causes erosion and sedimentation, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Limiting unauthorized access will preserve the gravel roads and lower the cost of general maintenance.

Habitat Management – estimated cost $200,000
This habitat management project will include mowing to protect fields and shrublands from transitioning into forests, and applying herbicides to reduce the presence of invasive species across several DEEP locations. This project is directly related to established goals and objectives of the Connecticut State Wildlife Action Plan (2015) and Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Grant W-61-D. Inaction will result in degradation of habitat at these sites due to the woody succession and prevalence of invasive plants. 


Western District Campgrounds

Electrification Planning & Design – estimated cost $75,000
State Park campgrounds on the western district do not have any electricity.  A consultant will first assess all Western District campgrounds, and will then determine priority sites based on the site's visitation and existing infrastructure. Following the site assessment, the consultant will develop site specific plans for each prioritized facility. Electrifying campgrounds will enhance the visitor experience at these parks and may increase campground revenue.


Western District Beaches

Sand Supplementation – estimated cost $41,030
Various Inland State Park beaches need beach sand to provide a safe area for the public to recreate. Right now, many of the beaches have lost majority of their sand due to run off. Beach sand will be added to 7 inland beaches across the Western District, including: Burr Pond, Indian Well, Lake Waramaug, Mt. Tom, Squantz Pond, Stratton Brook, and Wharton Brook. Adding the sand will ensure that the beaches and swim areas can remain open for the enjoyment of visitors.


West Rock Ridge State Park – Hamden

Repaving Project – estimated cost $1M
West Rock Ridge State Park is a popular destination for visitors who appreciate the views from the overlooks, and access the paved roads for walking, bicycling, and other recreational uses, as well as vehicular access on the 1.6-mile-long Regicide Drive.  All paved roads within the park need to be milled and repaved, due to numerous potholes and washout areas that are beyond repair, to ensure that we can continue to accommodate visitors. 

Stone Wall Repair – estimated cost $50,000
The stone walls at West Rock Ridge State Park are currently deteriorating and failing. The walls will be rebuilt to improve public safety and viewing access.


Windsor Locks Canal Trail State Park

Parking Lot Repair – estimated cost $100,000
The parking lot on the Suffield side of the park has deteriorated beyond the point of repair. The lot and driveway will be reclaimed, paved, and curbed to allow continued vehicle access for staff, DOT, USGS, and visitors.


Content last updated February 2024