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Louisa Lake: Too Tight a Squeeze?

Milford Selectmen are advocating for an expansion of parking at Louisa Lake, where traffic backs up on nice, sunny days as trail users try to find a spot.

Drive to on a sunny day, and chances are you'll have a tough time finding a parking spot.

The parking lot has 52 regular spaces and three handicapped spots — plenty of room on cold, windy or wet days, not nearly enough on decent weekends.

Milford Selectmen this week reviewed a preliminary estimate of $171,000 for the doubling of spaces at the lakefront, including more handicapped spots. The estimate, which includes a contingency, also covers the cost of making the access to the information kiosk accessible to wheelchair-users.

The cost estimate, assumes he will prepare the design plan.

Interested Resident May 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Wait, what? The playground would get destroyed. Why? It is a great location near the pool and on the trail. There is a lot of foot traffic there...I don't see why you think it would get destroyed. Seems like a lovely spot and accessible to the whole town. There is even plenty of parking in addition to being accessible by foot.
Joe Kane May 03, 2012 at 08:38 PM
The town should only spend money on signs that would re-direct people to alternative parking sites, along with directions on how to get there. Even if there are out of towners, we should welcome them spending their money at our stores and restaurants. There is plenty of parking along the trail, people just need to know where to go, especially on those busy days!
Mary MacDonald May 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
That's a good point. People may be heading there out of habit.
MilfordMomof3 May 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I was thinking the same thing yesterday Joe. Add a few more handicap spot signs if needed and a new sign telling them where additional parking is. Fino field is less than a minute away with plenty of parking. The town can't afford to add another parking lot right now when so much else needs to be improved first.
Joe Kane May 05, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Another idea would be to post parking location maps on the Trail's website. They do have a map of the trail, but a series of maps showing parking locations, and maybe lot capacities, would help those looking for pain-free experience!

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