Maintenance needs at Connecticut state parks total $130 million, records show: Some parks are ‘loved to death’

Across Connecticut’s system of 139 state parks and forests, delays in needed maintenance and repairs have piled up for decades, officials say, impacting everything from roads, toilets and campgrounds to historic mansions, museum halls and New Deal-era public works projects. At a February appearance at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Gov. Ned Lamont pledged $55 million through his annual budget request to reduce the backlog of needed repairs by funding some of the park system’s most “basic” needs. Over the last three years, park officials have identified nearly $130 million in necessary maintenance, repairs and other infrastructure projects at parks, according to those records. Some of the state’s oldest and most popular parks along the shoreline — such as Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island and Hammonasset Beach — are most in need of upgrades, the records show.

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