DEEP: State Parks - Construction Project

State Parks - Construction Projects
A number of exciting projects have been completed or are taking place across the state to invest in our State Parks.  Below are some brief details regarding each project, and staff contact information if you have questions regarding any project, or its status.

Chatfield Hollow State Park - Oak Lodge Renovation
Work continues to progress on the Oak Lodge constructed  by the Civilian Conservation Corps  in the mid-1930s at what was then Camp Roosevelt, the state’s first CCC camp.
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Renovations, literally from the ground up, include reinforcing and replacing areas of the foundation and sills as needed, reframing and strengthening walls, replacing and/or repairing and repainting windows, and reroofing the 80 plus year old structure. 

Project Status: 
This project is complete.

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This project has begun and consists of replacing all major existing utilities (water and electrical) and expanding the provision of natural gas throughout the park.  This project is expected to take over two years to complete, sometime in 2018.  Due to the busy nature of Hammonasset during the recreation season, most of the utility installation work will take place during the off-season (after Labor Day and before Memorial Day weekend).  Because of these limitations, visitors to the park in the off-season may be directed to stay out of certain areas where construction is taking place for an extended period of time.  Currently the campground areas at Hammonasset are closed to the public to allow contractors to work throughout the campground.  Other areas of the park may also be temporarily closed to the public to allow work to take place.
The park currently owns its electrical distribution system which is over 30 years old.  The new system will be owned by Eversource and will provide metering for all of the park and campground buildings.  The water distribution system is much older than the electrical distribution system and suffers periodic water line breaks as well as water pressure/water quantity problems in outlying areas of the park property.  A new water distribution system will provide adequate pressure and quantity throughout the park and campground.  The extension of natural gas throughout the park and campground will provide for more energy efficient operations in both facility heating and the provision of hot water in the campground.
The final product will also provide for a Beach Utility Recreational Trail (BURT) under which the trunk lines or main lines of the utilities will pass throughout the park.  The BURT will be a paved trail with stone dust shoulders which will be used to enhance recreational opportunities throughout the park. We ask for your patience and cooperation during this construction period. 
Hammonasset Beach State Park, MadisonWest Beach Improvements
With approximately two million visitors annually, Hammonasset is home to thousands of visitors each day during the recreation season.
Following significant damage from Tropical Storm Irene, two West Beach toilet buildings were demolished.  This construction project has been designed to replace the two toilet buildings with a building complex consisting of:
  • Men’s and women’s restrooms,
  • A new concession building,
  • An EnCon Police Office/First Aid location, and
  • A storage building for lifeguard equipment used in water rescues. 
The new elevated building complex was constructed on the inland side of the dunes and above maximum flood elevation.  The former West Beach concession building has been demolished and the parking lot greatly improved. 
Project Status:
Rapid growth on the West Beach construction project through late October and into November saw the main side walls raised and roof trusses added. The new entrance ramp eased the deliveries of the building materials.  The generally mild winter allowed for great progress leading to a successful opening in May 2016.  This project has been completed.
For more information on this project, please contact Bill Mattioli or Mark Sulik at 203-245-2785 or or
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Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison – New Meigs Point Nature Center

The historic farmhouse used, for more than four decades, as the Meigs Point Nature Center, was deemed too small and impractical to meet expanding program/public needs.  The new Meigs Point Nature Center has been designed to:
  • Accommodate large school groups,
  • Be energy efficient
  • And provide much needed interpretive/educational program work space and exhibits.
The new building now:
  • Incorporates geothermal heating and cooling technology,
  • Includes photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity, and
  • Provides educational/interpretive energy generation/conservation information through an energy management system display board.
This project is an exciting partnership between the State and the Friends of Hammonasset Beach State Park.  The State (with a number of funding sources) was responsible for the construction of the building itself, and the Friends successfully fundraised the funds necessary to design and construct the educational displays throughout the new facility.
Project Status:
The main structural skeleton of the Nature Center was in place by late October and with the side walls up by mid-November, Ranger Russ was able to lead a tour of the now-enclosed building for the Exhibits Committee. Work continued into the spring and the building was open to the public for Memorial Day 2016.  This project is complete.
For more information on this project, please contact Bill Mattioli or Mark Sulik at 203-245-2785 or or
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Sherwood Island State Park, Westport – Main Pavilion Renovations

The pavilion at Sherwood Island State Park was built in 1961 and was last renovated 25 years ago.  Upgrades and improvements to the pavilion included:
  • A new roof;
  • Renovation of the kitchen and concession facilities;
  • Replacement of seating and tables;
  • Improved interior design with a skylight effect that will bring more natural lighting;
  • Improved landscaping making access to the pavilion more scenic;
  • Installation of a family bathroom that will be available for use during the off-season.
The renovations include a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency features, such as: 
  • Installation of solar photo voltaic cells capable of providing 10,000 kilowatt hours of power per year as well as hot water;
  • Replacement of lighting fixtures with energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting that operates with motion activated occupancy sensors;
  • Replacement of older toilets and sinks with new low flow fixtures;
  • Provisions to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations that will be installed in the adjacent parking area in the near future.
Project Status:
This project is complete.
For more information on this project, contact Jim Beschle at 203-226-6983 or
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Silver Sands State Park Improvements –Milford
Three new buildings will be constructed on the site.  The bath house complex will be constructed near the beach and consist of 3 buildings constructed on an elevated deck.  This includes:
  • A concession building (750 SF),
  • Restrooms (2106 SF) and
  • An office (600 SF).   
A new boardwalk will connect the existing beach boardwalk to the bath house and a short new boardwalk across the tidal wetlands will connect the existing main boardwalk to the new bath house. 
The parking at the bath house will be reconfigured to accommodate the new building. There are 16 existing spaces and the number will increase to 20.   The existing main paved parking lot (197 spaces) will be expanded to 251 spaces.  The existing overflow gravel parking lot (500 spaces) will be reconfigured and built with reinforced grass with a total of 420 spaces.  A new grassed parking lot will be constructed to the north of the main parking lot with a total of 146 spaces.   A ticket booth complex will be constructed along the entry road, and new maintenance building will be constructed at the north end of the park.  This building (4710 SF) will include a garage (1660 SF), a workshop and storage area (1537 SF) and staff space (1527 SF).  Parking will be provided around the building for staff at this location.
Project Status
A public meeting regarding the project was held on September 24, 2015 at Milford City Hall. The Department considered the many comments and suggestions received and has provided this response to those comments, and will incorporate resultant changes into the final design of the project. Permit approvals have been received.  Construction of the project is anticipated to begin later in 2017.  The construction phase will take about one year to complete.
For more information on this project, contact Tom Tyler at 860-424-3099 or
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Content last updated July 11, 2017