Four state parks and forests have been re-opened after being closed during Hurricane Sandy this week, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Wednesday.
The parks are the following:
- Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill
- Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby
- Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
- Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown
Other state parks will be closed today as staff continues to assess damage and begin the work to make them safe again for the public, DEEP said. Park openings will be scheduled as soon as conditions allow.
The latest information on the opening of state parks is found on DEEP’s State Parks webpage at: www.ct.gov/deep/stateparks
Here are descriptions of all four parks.
Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill
Bring the family for viewing of 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints and related exhibits. The museum will have continuous educational programming feature animal demonstrations and films throughout the day. The discovery room will also be open for visitors and includes a coloring area, book mark making station, live animals, interactive fossil boxes and geology displays.
Exhibit center hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
There is a daily admission fee at Dinosaur State Park. Adults ages 13 and up are $6 youth ages 6 - 12 are $2 and children under 6 are free. Connecticut seniors over 65 years of age are eligible for a Charter Oak Pass (proof of residency is required).
The park accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover Card for admission costs over $10. Admission costs less than $10 must be paid with cash or a check. Debit cards or American Express cards are not accepted.
The park is located at 400 West Street, exit 23 off I-91 in Rocky Hill. Follow parks signs, go east on West Street for approximately 1 mile. The park is directly off West Street. Watch for signs and a large geodesic dome.
Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby
Open 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, offers environmental exhibits and grounds for walking and bird watching.
Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Park grounds only are open. Fort and Visitor Center closed until Memorial Day weekend in 2013.
Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown
Open sunrise to sunset. Hiking trails at Chapman and Green Falls areas in Voluntown.