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 - New Bathroom Building Construction
 
Work was initiated in the summer of 2017 on the construction of a completely new bathroom facility at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth.  After design work was completed and a site was selected, the location was cleared of vegetation and graded.  The foundation footings were poured and have dried.  Work on this project will continue through the summer of 2017. 
 
 
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Project Status: 
This project is scheduled for mid-fall 2017 completion.
 

 
 
 
 
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. 
 

 
 
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 tom.tyler@ct.gov
 
 
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Content last updated August 3, 2017