DDS: Governor Malloy Visits Camp Harkness to Announce Completion of Restoration

Governor Malloy Visits Camp Harkness to Announce Completion of Restoration

 
{Victoria Severin, Commissioner Macy, Andrea Stillman, Governor Malloy, Carin Mancini, Thomas Dailey at Camp Harkness}
(left to right) Victoria Severin, Camp Harkness Director; Commissioner Macy; State Senator Andrea Stillman; Governor Malloy; Carin Mancini, Assistant Regional Director Public Programs; Thomas Dailey, DDS South Region Director; Daniel Steward, Waterford First Selectman
 
Governor Dannel P. Malloy visited Camp Harkness to announce the completion of restoration to the camp after Hurricane Sandy.  The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) received $92,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rebuild the damaged beachfront.
 
“Camp Harkness is a jewel of Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy.  “This is the only beachfront camp for individuals with disabilities in the country and with FEMA’s help like so many other communities in Connecticut, it has been restored to its original beauty”.
 
Over the past several months, all of debris from Hurricane Sandy was removed, the sand screened, the large beach shelter and wheelchair accessible deck were rebuilt, new paving and repairs to one of the cottages was completed.
 
“This was a huge undertaking and it was done quickly to get ready for Memorial Day,” said Commissioner Terrence W. Macy, Ph.D.  “Our employees should be very proud of the work that was accomplished because without their dedication this beautiful part of the state would not have been preserved.  We are also thankful to FEMA and Governor Malloy for seeing the tremendous need to continue to offer Camp Harkness to families and individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”
 
Each year over 35,000 families and individuals visit the south shore camp.  Owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by DDS and the different camps are operated by providers United Cerebral Palsy, ARC of New London County, Oak Hill and Southbury Training School (STS).  It offers many opportunities for individuals including year-round and seasonal cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, horseback riding, playscape and a scenic walkway.  The accessible beach has picnic pavilions that are available for group outings throughout the year and a dining hall available when camp is not in session.
 
For more information about Camp Harkness or to apply for a pass, please visit the DDS website at www.ct.gov/dds.
 
  {Governor Malloy announces restoration of Camp Harkness with Commissioner Macy and Senator Stillman}
Governor Malloy announces restoration of Camp Harkness with Commissioner Macy and Senator
Stillman
  {Governor Malloy, Commissioner Macy and Thomas Dailey look over the beach}
Governor Malloy, Commissioner Macy and Thomas Dailey look over the beach
 
 
 
 
 

{Joseph Drexler, Governor Malloy, Thomas Dailey, Jordan Scheff and Carin Mancini}

(left to right) Deputy Commissioner Joseph Drexler, Governor Malloy,

South Region Director Thomas Dailey, North Region Director Jordan Scheff

and Assistant Regional Director Public Programs Carin Mancini

{Ms. Severin shows Governor Malloy the newly restored beachfront}

 Ms. Severin shows Governor Malloy the newly restored beachfront

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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