Meriden’s Castle Craig open Thursday night

MERIDEN — On a clear day from atop East Peak and Castle Craig, you can see as far south as Long Island and north to the skyline of Hartford. Parks and Recreation officials are hoping for a clear night Thursday for a rare night viewing event.

The access road to Castle Craig will be open Thursday between 7 and 8:30 p.m. so members of the public can view the city and surrounding areas, said Parks and Recreation Administrative Facilities Coordinator Jane Earnest.

“It’s so beautiful,” Earnest said.

Unless there is a special event, the access road closes at 4:45 p.m. during its open season, typically from May 1 to Nov. 1

Earnest said the Parks and Recreation Department officials had considered not doing a viewing this year, but city resident David Grodzicki encouraged them.

Grodzicki grew up in the city and returned about 10 years ago, he said.

“I used to go up there late at night,” Grodzicki recalled. “I just went (during the day) over the weekend...It was clear, you could see the skyline and view Hartford and New Haven.”

Grodzicki said he has been unable to attend previous night viewing events. As an administrator of a Facebook group created to discuss the history and current events of the city, Grodzicki has helped to organize a social gathering with some of the group’s members.

“Let’s hope it’s a clear night, ” he said.

The forecast calls for clear skies, according to the Western Connecticut State University Weather Center. There will also be a full moon to light up the sky, which Earnest said made Thursday a good night for viewing. 203-317-2266 Twitter: @DanBrechlinRJ

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