Lake Lorraine State Park Article

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Lake Lorraine State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Lorraine State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Lorraine State Park
Location in Massachusetts
Location Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°08′40″N 72°30′48″W / 42.14444°N 72.51333°W / 42.14444; -72.51333
LAKE LORRAINE STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

42°08′40″N 72°30′48″W / 42.14444°N 72.51333°W / 42.14444; -72.51333
Area3 acres (1.2 ha) [1]
Elevation207 ft (63 m) [2]
EstablishedUnspecified
Operator Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Website Lake Lorraine State Park

Lake Lorraine State Park was a small Massachusetts state park located in the neighborhood of Indian Orchard, on the northeast side of the city of Springfield. The park was located on the southern shore of Lake Lorraine and once offered a sand beach, swimming, fishing, and restrooms. The state park has been unstaffed and closed [3] since 2009 due to claimed budget cuts by the Massachusetts state government. The park was later quietly turned over for use by the Environmental Police as a satellite headquarters.

The beach is now completely overgrown and all picnic facilities and State Park signage were removed sometime after 2014. Only members of the Massachusetts Environmental Police are allowed within the park property and the gates of the park are kept locked at all times. Thefts of unattended equipment left by the Environmental Police in June of 2015 led to more aggressive prosecution of trespassers. Signs threatening state fines as well as an infrared trap camera were installed at the entrance to the park for some time. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation [4]

References

  1. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Lake Lorraine". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Indian Orchard residents lament long closed Lake Lorraine state park and beach". The Springfield Republican Newspaper Masslive.com. July 2015. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lake Lorraine State Park". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved January 30, 2014.

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