Sen. Art Linares “Adopts” 16 Area State Parks and Forests

April 15, 2013

Sen. Art Linares to Play Role in Protecting 16 Area State Parks and Forests

To raise awareness of the 100-year anniversary of the Connecticut state parks system, Sen. Art Linares has “adopted” several state parks and forests throughout the region.

“Adopting a park does not require legislation, just a commitment to visit the park to understand its assets and needs, to work with an existing ‘Friends of Park’ organization on an annual event such as a clean-up effort, and a willingness to help advocate for the state park system,” Sen. Linares said. “We have so many beautiful state parks and forests in our region. I want to do whatever I can do to help to enhance that beauty and bring attention to it.”

Linares has “adopted” all of the parks and forests in his senate district:

  • Cockaponsett State Forest, Chester/Deep River
  • Air Line Trail State Park, Colchester
  • Day Pond State Park, Colchester
  • Salmon River State Forest, Colchester/East Hampton
  • Brainard Homestead State Park, East Haddam
  • Devil’s Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
  • Hurd State Park, East Hampton
  • Meshomasic State Forest, East Hampton/Portland
  • Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park, Essex
  • George Dudley Seymour State Park, Haddam
  • Haddam Meadow State Park, Haddam
  • Higganum Reservoir State Park, Haddam
  • Pataconk Lake State Park, Haddam
  • Selden State Park, Lyme
  • Becket Hill State Park, Lyme
  • Nehantic State Forest, Niantic

“Our state has an expansive system of 107 state parks and 32 state forests,” Sen. Linares said. “That system helps to make our state special. Residents of our region take pride in protecting and preserving the environment. I encourage area residents to ‘adopt’ a park to pay tribute to the environmental vision of Connecticut’s early leaders and to mark the 100-year anniversary.”

Who can adopt a park?

Individuals of all ages, community groups, youth groups, special interest groups, corporations, schools, agencies and families are all welcomed to choose and adopt a park.

How can you sign up?

Contact Adopt a Park volunteer coordinator Wanda Torres at (860) 418-5963 or e-mail [email protected]

To learn more about Connecticut parks and forests, visit