Rocky Neck closing prompts other state parks to fill up quickly

(WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Six state parks closed after reaching capacity on Sunday, while swimming at Rocky Neck remained closed due to high bacteria levels.  But Maurice Bisaillon ignored the ban and went for a swim anyway at Rocky Neck.

“Listen, it’s a little bit of a risk maybe.  We came here to have a nice weekend,” said Bisaillon.

The closures are having a ripple effect at other state parks.  The first state park to hit capacity was Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield.

One of the most popular state parks also hit capacity as Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison closed before 1 p.m.

Parking lots have been jam packed and the beach was even more crowded.

Related Content: 4 state swimming areas, including Rocky Neck, closed due to bacteria

State environmental workers shut down swimming Friday after tests showed increased amounts of bacteria following several days of heavy rain last week.

“We looked online and saw Rocky [Neck] wasn’t open so we had to come down to Hammonasset [Beach],” said Johnny Rivera of New York City.

Four state swimming areas have been closed since Friday due to increased bacteria levels.

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