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State Sen. Ed Meyer Announces $850,000 In Improvements To Hammonasset Beach State Park

Improvements To Include Repairs To Boardwalk, A New Dune To Combat Erosion; Money Also Will Go To Help Finance Design Of New Hammonasset Beach Nature Center

State Sen. Edward Meyer (D-12th District) announced Monday that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve a combined $850,000 in state grants for improvements to Hammonasset Beach State Park, including the construction of new toilet buildings, a portion of the Hammonasset boardwalk, a new dune to combat erosion, and to finance the design of a new Hammonasset Beach Nature Center.

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to approve the bonding when it meets at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, March 25, in Room 1-E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Sen. Meyer said in a prepared release.

“In my first few months as a state senator I voted for the bonding package that authorized these investments,” said Sen. Meyer, who is Senate Chairman of the Environment Committee and represents both Madison and Guilford, among other towns. “Hammonasset had two million visitors last year, so obviously it’s an enormously popular beach and state park that the public has come to rely on for rest and relaxation. The very least we can do is maintain the park and make occasional improvements to satisfy the public and to protect our investment.”

Hammonasset is Connecticut’s largest shoreline park, with over two miles of beach. Activities include bicycling, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming. The park has over 550 campsites available.

anita bennett March 22, 2011 at 11:02 AM
thank you sen meyer for serving as a continuous vocal advocate for "hammonasset beach state park and the meigs point nature center". these new monies will go a long way to maintain services and upgrade necessary improvements that all our CT residents and visitors can enjoy when visiting the park. we owe you many thanks for your constant support and staying in the forefront by maintaining a leadership position of keeping hammonasset in good repair and a beautiful place to visit with our families for recreation. hammonasset will remain a destination of delight with these grants- thank you!!!
carol leavitt altieri March 22, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Thank you so very much Senator Ed Meyer and for all your other ethical and generous-spirited contributions. You are truly our noble representative and it's so heartwarming to know you have children and grandchildren who hopefully are as public- spirited and environmentally- educated as you are.... I look forward to your column in the Source and appreciated the knowledge behind your SILL talk two weeks ago. Many thanks!!! Carol and Frank
Maureen Lopes March 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Hammonasset is a tremendous asset for all CT residents. I don't have to own expensive shoreline property to enjoy beaches, marshes and wooded areas. Every time I walk the park, which we do frequently, I know that this is one place my tax dollars are make a large contribution - now and for future generations. Thank you, Senator Meyer.

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