Formica, Cheeseman Applaud Investment in Rocky Neck & Harkness Memorial State Parks

July 29, 2022

Bond Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Rocky Neck and $750K for Harkness Memorial


HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica (R-East Lyme) and State Representative Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme) announced that the State Bond Commission has approved $1.5 million for upgrades at Rocky Neck State Park and $750,000 for renovations at Harkness Memorial State Park.


The local lawmakers thanked the State Bond Commission for their bipartisan work supporting CT parks and investing in southeastern Connecticut.


“Connecticut parks are so important for our families and our communities,” said Sen. Formica. “Our vibrant and beautiful parks are enjoyed by many residents and bring new visitors to CT support our entire state’s arts, culture and tourism success. I appreciate the advocacy of so many across southeastern Connecticut in support of our parks. We thank the commission for their bipartisan approval of these funds to keep our parks well maintained, safe, and beautiful for all to enjoy.”


“Rocky Neck is a beloved local attraction that offers something for everyone from enjoying the sandy beach to camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing,” noted Rep. Cheeseman. “Generations of Connecticut residents have enjoyed it for over 90 years, especially during the busy summer season. During the pandemic, places like Rocky Neck allowed families to be together in the outdoors and provided healing and comfort in a beautiful setting. These funds to support utility upgrades and rehabilitation of the historic depression era WPA built pavilion will ensure people will be able to continue enjoying Rocky Neck for decades to come.”


The $1.5 million for Rocky Neck State Park will fund utility upgrades and pavilion rehabilitation.


The $750,000 for Harkness Memorial State Park will support maintenance and renovations.