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POLL: How Should Connecticut Handle Admission to State Parks?

The issue is in the forefront of Enfield residents' minds due to the recent trashing of the Scantic River Park West.

The recent controversy surrounding the misuse of the Scantic River State Park in Hazardville has generated considerable discussion on and on social media web sites like Facebook.

Patch contributor Rich Tanguay spent several hours cleaning the park last week after July 4th revelers left a considerable pile of garbage along the banks of the river.

Dozens of cars were parked illegally on the side of Powder Hill Road, in the middle of dangerous S-curves. Vehicles were also parked on private property adjacent to the Powder Mill Barn on South Maple Street.

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More than half the cars bore out-of-state license plates, mostly from Massachusetts.

State and local officials took notice of the concern and began taking steps to control the situation. On Sunday, by for illegal parking.

A considerable amount of online debate has focused on who should be allowed to access the park, which is state property.

Enfield Patch would like your opinion on the subject. We have created a poll to see how citizens feel about fees and access to state parks.

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below the poll.

Lin Chojnicki July 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Rhode Island state beaches charge RI residents a lower fee than they charge the non-residents (& they no longer hand out trash bags). Everyone pays something to use the beaches (same with the CT State beaches - everyone pays to visit the State of CT controlled beaches). Unfortunately there's no "one fix to solve everything" kind of solution here. Biggest concern is most everyone "here", is just an everyday concerned citizen, who has no real power to do anything 'cept write on this site. The officials who have the real power have been noticeably quiet throughout all of this. Their silence speaks volumes, don't ya think?
M Miller July 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I know exactly who you are talking about. My kids and I would always wave to this nice gentlemen and his beautiful dog. He is the first person I thought of and felt sorrow for when I read about this trash problem. How sad he must be to see the area that is obviously a quiet refuge for him and his best friend deteriorate so. Hopefully the problem will be solved soon and he can once again enjoy the beauty and peace while on his jaunts.
Sean July 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Powder Hollow has been a special place I've visited for 30 years when my father would take me fishing above and below the bridge. I've wanted to take my sons fishing there as well, however I would rather avoid having them witness ignorant and lazy people discard their garbage in the process of trying to enjoy the surroundings. I would be significantly frustrated as well. This is and has been a popular fishing spot for many generations of locals. I can remember viewing discarded trash, fishing line, worm boxes, bags, etc. many years back, but obviously not to the degree which is presently occurring. Littering is wrong and tickets carrying fines should be given to the abusers. I feel the 'park' needs to have some form of enforcement present, to at the very least, discourage and also educate visitors who are clearly disrespecting the environment. If these violators don't care, they should be made to realize they will be fined for not caring and reprimanded. It's shameful in this age of environmental awareness that visitors at the park uncaringly trash it.
Don Boucher July 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Sean has "nailed it" and they are my sentiments completely.At one time a few years back I looked forward to fly fishing below the bridge.But not any longer due to the exact message by Sean.My only wish is that a combination of suggestions to preserving this stream are implemented.They are all good and this has been a definate "wake up call"..
mike caplette July 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I think everyone can agree with sean. And yes lin u r exactly right. The topic isnt drawing enough attention of the people who can actually put things right.

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