New state park proposed in Waterford


WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The review process is underway for a proposal to build a new multi-million dollar seaside state park in Waterford.

“It’s getting kind of decrepit,” said Gregg Bassetti of Oakdale.

It would be built at the 32-acre site of the former Seaside Regional Center. State park signs are already up.

“I think it will be great for the community,” said Katherine Tsiouris of Waterford. ” I think we should really focus on bringing things back to Connecticut.”

Developers hope the new state park will improve shoreline recreation, hospitality, and public access to the Long Island Sound. They also hope to build a hotel on the property. According to a recent study prepared for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the cost of building that facility alone will be nearly $22-million.

The project comes with a pretty high price tag. The Hartford Courant reports the state plans to invest $10-million into the project. The land is estimated to be worth close to $8-million.

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