The future of Sunrise State Park in Moodus is a mystery.
Will it be a safe, clean place for hiking and paddle boating, or a camp ground, or an eco-tourism center, or a hotel/restaurant/sustainable agriculture project?
The list of possibilities is much longer, with many of the ideas overlapping.
The past is clear. In hindsight, the state’s decision-making looks very poor, a case of the left hand not knowing what the right was doing. The park’s use as a law enforcement training ground was a disaster.
The present is also clear. Most of the wrecked buildings are gone. The grounds are unkempt. Visitors (it’s supposedly closed) use the park at their own peril.
There is good news. The conversation has begun. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) wants to work with the public to create a usable facility.
Call DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen at 860-424-3005, or State Park Director Tom Tyler at 860-424-3099, or legislators Rep. Melissa Ziobron at 800-842-1423 or Sen. Art Linares at 800-842-1421 with your suggestions.
Posted September 30, 2013
Related link: In East Haddam – Public meeting on future of Sunrise State Park http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2013/09/20/in-east-haddam-public-meeting-on-future-of-sunrise-state-park/
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