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State and Enfield Officials Respond to Concerns Over Scantic River Park

The park has been subjected to careless littering and public safety hazards in recent days.

The growing problem of has attracted the attention of state and local officials.

The Scantic River Park is a 784-acre state park, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

"We intend to contact DEEP," state Sen. John Kissel said in an email Friday to Enfield Patch.

"That is horrible...I'll have to work with the town and DEEP to see if we can do something," state Rep. Kathy Tallarita said via email Friday. "This has been escalating out of control over the years."

Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin posted his reaction on the Facebook page Enfield Needs Change.

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"Spoke to the Town Manager (Friday) morning and he was to contact DEEP regarding the park and the mess that was left behind on July 4th," Kaupin wrote. "He is going to ask for DEEP law enforcement to patrol the park. I also requested a stepped up presence this weekend and to monitor the parking along the road. Those parking illegally are to be ticketed and towed. We can not restrict access to those legally entering the park, but we can make sure that our laws are followed by those visiting the park and Enfield."

Enfield police made their presence felt late Sunday afternoon, as tickets were issued to dozens of illegally parked cars along Powder Hill Road.

Numerous vehicles were also seen parked on private property adjacent to the on South Maple Street. More than half the vehicles seen in the area bore out-of-state license plates.

Lin Chojnicki July 09, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Where exactly is the "legal entrance" to this park? Perhaps its time to have a gate keeper like other CT parks have?? CT residents generally can't access another's state park w/o paying a non-resident entrance fee or non-resident parking fee. Yet the Scantic River "park" is a free recreation area for all - including non-CT residents?? How is that? Something seems remiss .... just saying.
sandy sitler July 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
east windsor park only lets people that live in east windsor to go there. i dont think out of state vehicles should be allowed to go to scantic.
Robert Sanders July 09, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Why not just use 10 of the 1000 Aux. Police Officers Enfield has (that cost us an "arm & a leg") to patrol the park and issue tickets & enforce the rules and laws? ... Auxiliary Officers in Enfield cost us Taxpayers a FORTUNE and are only ever used for parades and the like!
Just Cuz July 09, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Mr. Sanders, Auxiliary Police Offiicers in Enfield are NOT paid positons, they are volunteer. http://www.enfield-ct.gov/content/91/791/181/11281.aspx
Charlotte July 09, 2012 at 11:06 AM
It's a start............. You can follow police presence at the park here: http://www.enfield-ct.gov/content/91/166/31155/31006/default.aspx
Pat Droney July 09, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Perhaps Mr. Sanders should do a little research before making such statements. There are hardly 1,000 auxiliaries, more like 10. And as referenced above, they are unpaid volunteers.
Michael Hoffman July 09, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Drug sniffing dogs may result in discovery of drugs in the parked cars which may result in drug convictions which could result in seizure of cars which could be turned into revenue for the town.
Michael Hoffman July 09, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Of course the State could expand the parking lot to a reasonable size. Sounds like a job for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Oops I just time warped.
Susan July 09, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I have been to this park 1 time, can never find parking and have witnessed on my 1 visit tons of garbage, boken bottles. I choose not to go because of this that was almost 5 years ago. I recently traveled 300 miles to go to a NY State park that had the same entertainment, river fun, I paid to get in to the park and the park was clean. Park officials monitored the park and Parks and Rec people also monitored the park. We had so much fun we intend to go back. I have been to several Connecticut State Parks and I always feel like you are on your own. Maybe as a state we need to look to other state to help and guide us.
Lisa Clough July 09, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Only town parks are able to restrict access to non-residents, This is a State park.
Lin Chojnicki July 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The State of CT charges parking and/or entrance fees for state park & forests (see link below) - they list resident & non-resident fee structure. Most states do the same ..... so why not treat this quasi "water park" in Hazardville as a true State of CT state park, and charge a fee? Would at least generate some revenue to offset the clean-up costs. Expanding Scantic parking w/o implementing a fee isn't gonna help - heck, the State will routinely close a park once their parking lots are filled - why not do the same here? Free, unrestricted, unmonitored, public access to "water" (especially in the summer) generally results in problems - Enfield already has the proof positive! How many non-residents are fishing down there - does CT gaming warden regularly check for out-of-state fishing licenses? Most state parks/beaches don't allow alcoholic beverages or glass bottles - so why is Scantic littered with bottles (why - cuz no one is monitoring what goes on down there). Charge a fee & start monitoring the area, and see how quickly things change for the better. http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325082&depNav_GID=1650
Fred Kula Jr. July 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Auxiliary Officers dont get paid. and there arent a 1000 of them. The Fish and Game constables used to patrol this park, but were put out of business when they exposed this same condition in 2010. Captain Fred Kula Jr ( retired ) Enfield Fish & Game Constables
Timp July 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Yes I have to agree with Lin Chojnicki Also you need to make the parking area bigger as well if their are that many people going their and have no place to park! CCTV cameras would help law enforcement as well to monitor the park. If you need lighting try to go green!
Robin L. Doiron July 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
To Scott Kaupin: IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE STOOD UP & NOTICED!!! It seems most of the problems come from people out of state!! It's time for them to SOW WHAT THEY REAP!!! I have no problem with Mass. people utilyzing this beautiful place, that I'm so passionate about, but, when they come in, don't obey the RULES (fire pit, trash, parking, blocking in the legal park area!) that's when things need to be put in motion!! We can't keep them away, but, we can make it expensive when they don't follow the rules!!
Patrick Sharron July 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
This area is officially known as "Scantic Rapids State Park". "Scantic Linear Park West" is east of there, on rte 190, across from Holiday Lane (@464 Hazard Ave).
Tillysmom July 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I love this "park" for the walking path and my dog loves to swim in the cool water. When you walk in your welcome is "out of state" families treating the area as a picnic area. Firepits, whole families swimming, eating and having fun, but please for the love of god clean up after your family. If you find the need to drink take your bottles and smoke your marijuana some place where I am not walking for exercise. You make me feel bad because I am walking the path and found you doing something wrong.
Neil K July 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I didn't even know this park existed before I started reading the Patch. What is the boundries ot the Scantic River park, how many acres is it and when was it established?
Lin Chojnicki July 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM
per DEEP site http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=445284&depNav_GID=1650#ScanticRiver Scantic River State Park (784 acres) Enfield, East Windsor, Somers Activities: Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting Location: At the junction of Route 192 and Route 190 in Hazardville, turn south on South Maple Street. Follow 0.4 mile, cross the metal bridge and park immediately in the pull-off on the left. Fee: There is no parking fee at this park.
Peter morgan July 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
LOW and BEHOLD !!!! A friend of mine drove thru the Hollow and to what did his eyes appear ??? A ENCON POLICE car parked across the entrance to the Scantic River Park. My friend talked to him and he says he's there every weekend since May........NOT !!!!!!
Jay July 15, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I stopped by late Friday night to check in and the place was a mess. All sorts of plastic wrappers, cups, etc... all over the river's edge.
Peter morgan July 23, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I stopped by the park at 5:20 PM Sunday and there was an Enfield Police Sergeant and a Encon Police Officer pulling into the park. They got out with ticket books drawn and headed down towards the park. There were 16 cars there, only 2 were from Connecticut. There were dozens of cars in the "Barn parking lot which is posted against parking, however the signs were in English.
Dan JC July 28, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Powder Hollow used to a good place to go before the state came in and turned it into a "State Park". The fishing hole is now fenced off and you will get a ticket if you park at the barn. I used to fish down there with my young child and catch a pumpkin seed and throw it back into the river every 5 minutes. She got a kick out of catching a fish and we had fun. Now the area is filled with a bunch of people who litter and can't follow the rules.
Peter morgan July 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
And Dan JC they cant read English !!!!!! They need to put up signs in spanish.

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