Hartford Courant: Are State Parks Dangerous?

In the wake of the death of an 18-year-old Hamden resident at Sleeping Giant State Park, the Hartford Courant takes a look at the dangers at state parks.

Several times a year, Hamden Fire Rescue is called to Sleeping Giant State Park to rescue an errant hiker who has found themselves in harm's way.

Last month, one of those calls turned tragic when Toby Engel, an 18-year-old Hamden High School senior, from what is known as the "chin" of the mountain. 

In the wake of Engel's death, the Hartford Courant takes a look at state parks and whether changes are warranted in areas open to the public.

Read more here: "Hiker's Death Highlights the Perils of the State's Traprock Ridges"

Oliver Mongillo March 03, 2012 at 10:56 PM
If your careful sleeping giant is fine. People just need to be careful. I've never had a problem after hiking there since I was a kid.
WYR March 04, 2012 at 12:12 PM
More visibility is needed by the Park Rangers at all State Parks.
woody hoyt March 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Walking is dangerous if you step off a curb without looking. End of discussion.
Suzanne M. Miller March 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Nature can be dangerous. Accept it. The last thing we need is more government regulation of our enjoyment of the outdoors.


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