WALLINGFORD — A Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesperson says there is no set date for the reopening of Wharton Brook State Park, which was devastated by May’s microburst.
The Route 5 park, located on the Wallingford-North Haven line, remains closed as workers continue to remove trees. DEEP spokesman Chris Collibee said areas of the park impacted by the storm need to be stabilized in order to prevent runoff and erosion.
Collibee said work to stabilize the ground will begin in the next couple of weeks. Wharton Brook will reopen once work is completed, but there is no exact timetable.
State Rep. Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford, said because many trees were removed, much of the area needs to be replanted.
“It’s all naked soil there and in Sleeping Giant,” Mushinsky said. “[DEEP] have to keep the soil from eroding and runoff from getting into Wharton Brook.”
Sleeping Giant Park in Hamden was also devastated by the May storm.
Mushinsky said areas of Wharton Brook must be stabilized because erosion and runoff could lead to contamination of nearby bodies of water. She said the extent of some of the damage is still unknown.
“They [Wharton Brook and Sleeping Giant] sure look different today — than they did before the storm,” Mushinsky said.
Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said he hopes the park can be restored as soon as possible, but understands the importance of the restoration process.
“For anyone who has enjoyed the park, it’s a nice experience. I’m sure it’s missed,” Dickinson said. “...But we want everyone to be safe.”