Volunteers needed for state parks cleanup May 17

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is seeking volunteers for cleanups, trail marking and other projects on its first State Parks Appreciation Day on May 17.

More than 20 state parks will be prepared for the upcoming summer season with the help of volunteers, including Rocky Neck in East Lyme, Harkness Memorial in Waterford and Gillette Castle in East Haddam and Lyme.

The parks chosen for the event are among the most popular and have some of the greatest cleanup needs, DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said. Several of the parks involved also have friends groups that are working with DEEP on the event. It is planned as part of the state’s celebration of the centennial of the founding on the state parks system.

“On State Parks Appreciation Day, volunteers will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and help our park staff with everything from painting, gardening and landscaping to trail maintenance and general cleanup,” Robert Klee, DEEP commissioner, said in a news release today.

A list of state parks participating and information on work that will be done at each can be found here. Information on how to sign up to volunteer can also be found there.

The state park system, which began in 1913 and 1914, includes 107 parks. For information on parks and the centennial, visit the state parks website.

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