[CT Birds] Hammonasset: Response from Commissioner Esty

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Sun Jun 23 19:05:35 EDT 2013

Everybody got the same response


On Jun 23, 2013, at 6:23 PM, Craig Repasz <crepasz at hotmail.com> wrote:

> The New Haven Bird Club also sent a letter to Commissioner Esty. We received the same response. 
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jun 23, 2013, at 4:16 PM, "john at birdspix.com" <schwarzjs at aol.com> wrote:
>> John,
>> Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about recent work in the 
>> parking lot near Meigs Point at Hammonasset Beach State Park. I understand your 
>> concern, and I want you to know the thought process that has gone into this 
>> decision.
>> As you may know, this area of the park is intensively used by the public during 
>> the summer, as it is the primary parking area for the popular Meigs Point beach, 
>> and for the Meigs Point Nature Center. Many people begin a life-long love of the 
>> outdoors in this park, and it does wonders for public awareness of natural 
>> resources issues. The parking lot itself is roughly 5% paved (in the most 
>> frequently used section) with the remainder being grass parking spots and gravel 
>> “roadways”.  Park visitors walking to the beach or returning to their cars in 
>> this lot have been forced to walk down the narrow one-way road along with 
>> passing cars.  This project has been designed to increase public access  (and 
>> public safety) by creating a walkway for pedestrians to separate them from 
>> passing cars.
>> The material used to create this walkway and to fill small depressions in edge 
>> of the parking lot is not impervious asphalt pavement, but rather it is recycled 
>> road “millings”, which is pervious ground up asphalt chips.  The total area of 
>> this new pervious walkway is roughly 3 % of the parking area, and we have no 
>> plans to pave this area further.  I hope this information is helpful in 
>> understanding the scope of the public safety project that was undertaken at 
>> Hammonasset Beach State Park.
>> We know many people enjoy the park for its vast array of wildlife, and for the 
>> many other public amenities that it has provided for almost 100 years.  With 
>> over 2 miles of public bathing beaches and one of the largest campgrounds in the 
>> country, it is often a delicate balance to provide these services to the almost 
>> 2 million annual visitors, while creating and maintaining habitat that is so 

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