Labor Day Alert: Fewer Lifeguards On Duty At State Parks, Beaches

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If you’re planning on swimming at a state park beach, pond or lake this weekend, keep in mind there will be fewer lifeguards on duty than there have been during the high-summer months.

The reason, according to officials at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is that so many of the state’s summer lifeguards already have left to return to their colleges and universities.

DEEP photo.

DEEP photo.

The agency’s deputy commissioner, Susan Whalen, is urging anyone heading for a state beach or other water-related park over the Labor Day weekend “to use sound judgment when swimming” because of the reduced number of lifeguards on duty.

In addition, DEEP is reminding state residents that “many state park swimming areas will be unguarded on the weekdays leading up to the holiday weekend, and that there will be reduced numbers of lifeguards at other beaches, lakes and ponds.”

Here’s the DEEP’s list of which places will have lifeguards and which won’t:

Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30- Sept. 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 shoreline 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

Just in case you’re wondering, here is the list of 10 park sites where the DEEP does have lifeguards during the regular summer season:

  • 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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