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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.

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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