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News Aug 27, 2014 - 2:05:05 PM

Labor Day Weekend Sees Fewer Lifeguards at Connecticut State Parks Swim Areas

By Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Last weekend for lifeguards at park beaches

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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today reminded state residents and out of state visitors that the number of lifeguards at state park swimming areas will be significantly reduced over Labor Day weekend.

At this time of year, many lifeguards leave their positions to return to school, but the DEEP maintains coverage wherever possible through Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day, Monday, September 1, there will be no lifeguards on duty at any of Connecticut’s state park swimming areas.

"With Labor Day Weekend fast approaching, the DEEP encourages everyone to enjoy these last days of summer, but to use sound judgment when swimming at Connecticut’s state park beaches over the next few days and throughout the weekend," said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen. "With a reduced number of lifeguards on duty as the summer swimming season comes to an end, remember to stay within designated swimming areas, know your limits, and be aware of weather conditions."

Weekday Coverage

Many state park swimming areas will be unguarded on the weekdays leading up to Labor Day Weekend. There will be a reduced number of lifeguards at other state park beaches. Swim areas will be posted with signs where there are no lifeguards on duty.

Labor Day Weekend, August 30- September 1,

Over the holiday weekend there will be no lifeguards at the following inland State Parks:

· Burr Pond State Park, Torrington
· Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown
· Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford

Over the holiday weekend there will also be some unguarded beaches at two shorelines parks:
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
Meigs Point, Middle & East Beach-no lifeguards
West Beach will have lifeguards
Sherwood Island State Park Westport
West Beach-no lifeguards
East Beach will have lifeguards

During the summer season, the DEP maintains lifeguards at the following 10 state swimming areas:
Hammonasset – Madison
Rocky Neck – Niantic
Sherwood Island – Westport
Silver Sands – Milford
Black Rock – Watertown
Burr Pond – Torrington
Indian Well – Shelton
Squantz Pond – New Fairfield
Wadsworth Falls – Middletown
Wharton Brook – Wallingford

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