Citing problems with unruly drinkers, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has put a summertime ban on alcohol consumption at six recreation areas and parks across Connecticut. The ban goes into effect immediately and continues through Aug. 25, mirroring measures in the past to address illegal behavior, DEEP said Thursday. The ban is in place at: \u00a0Gardner Lake State Park, Salem \u00a0Paugussett State Forest (upper Section)\/George Waldo State Park, Southbury \u00a0Wadsworth Falls State Park, Middletown\/Middlefield \u00a0Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston \u00a0Quaddick State Park, Thompson \u00a0Beach Pond Boat Launch, Voluntown, as well as the portion of Pachaug State Forest, within 500 yards inland from the Beach Pond shoreline. \u201cWe want our parks, forests, boat launches, and waters to be peaceful, family-oriented places where adults and children can feel welcome and safe,\u201d said Mason Trumble, DEEP\u2019s deputy commissioner for environmental conservation. \u201cThis measure, combined with continued supervision and education by DEEP staff and officers, will help restore a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all.\u201d DEEP said in recent summers, including last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, these parks and recreation areas have seen increased crowds drinking alcohol and with that came a rise in \u201cunruly behavior\u201d from property damage to trespassing. This led to complaints from other visitors to the areas, according to DEEP. The imposed ban will be enforced by DEEP EnCon police, the department said. While the alcohol ban largely focuses on state parks, some serious issues have occurred at the Beach Pond Boat Launch, according to DEEP. During the summer of 2020, DEEP said there were two DUI arrests, eight boating violations, several terminated voyages and at least 47 people evicted from private property. Also at the boat launch, authorities investigated an incident where tires were slashed. DEEP could not immediately provide statistics on Thursday for incidents at the other areas where alcohol was banned. Eric Hammerling, executive director of the CT Forest and Park Association, said it was a prudent move for the small number of parks that have had issues. \u201cDEEP didn\u2019t decide to just ban all alcohol at state parks and forest they did it in a targeted way in areas they were having some issues \u2026 bad behavior,\u201d he said. And it comes down to safety for all the people who are visiting the parks, he added. \u201cThere are plenty of busy parks that are very well attended that don\u2019t have bans on alcohol, these are just areas they\u2019ve had specific problems,\u201d Hammerling said.