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Wharton Brook State Park Reopens, Sleeping Giant Still Closed

Bob P.B.
Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Conn.

A state park in Connecticut has reopened to the public after a severe storm knocked down more than 800 trees last May, but one of the most popular state parks remains closed.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Monday that Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford is now open. “We’ve spent the last several months removing the trees, clearing the damage and having to do some safety improvements as a result,” said DEEP Communications Director Chris Collibee.

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden is expected to reopen in the spring. Collibee says the popular Tower Trail is still damaged.

Collibee says they’ve spent about $800,000 so far repairing the parks. He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to reimburse the state for most of the cleanup costs.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.