TRUMBULL — Out-of-towners are soon going to find it more difficult to visit parks meant only for town residents.
First Selectman Raymond G. Baldwin Jr. said Tuesday that new parks stickers will be going out to residents with cars registered in Trumbull this fall for the 2008 and 2009 park seasons.
"Our Park Commission has once again decided that identifying Trumbull resident vehicles is something that most taxpaying residents will appreciate," he said.
Baldwin said the town suspended the sticker program this year because stickers don't necessarily prevent problems. He said cars are bought and sold, compromising local control.
But residents have complained that some facilities — such as the sprinkler parks — have attracted too many outsiders.
Baldwin said that under the new plan, enforcement will vary depending on the facility. As examples, he said the town wants to attract the general public to the Tashua Park Golf Course, and that many extended family members who may not live in Trumbull like to attend Little League games at Unity Park.
He also noted that the state demands public access to the banks of the Pequonnock River.
Baldwin said other decals — perhaps of different colors — will be used to address issues such as admission for part-time residents who winter elsewhere, nannies, and guests.
Even amid the confusion, Baldwin said the town has retained control over pool use since IDs are necessary for admission. Susan Silvers, who covers regional issues, can be reached at 330-6426.