February 6, 2018

CT plates are free pass to state's parks

Connecticut's state parks are now free to residents with valid state license plates, the governor says.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday the state's Passport to Parks program is effective immediately.

State lawmakers last year approved a $10 fee through the state Department of Motor Vehicles on all noncommercial vehicles' new registrations, renewals and plate transfers to support Passport.

The fee assessment is allowing the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to restore services and opening hours, and to make improvement to some parks. In addition, several closed campgrounds are reopening this season, among them Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam; Voluntown's Green Falls; Kent's Macedonia Brook; and Sprague's Salt Rock, Malloy said.

Out-of-state vehicles will still be charged parking fees ranging from $7 to $22, depending on the park and time of day. Fees to reserve overnight campgrounds for both in-state and out-of-state visitors will still apply.

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