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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.

Jennifer May 03, 2012 at 11:43 AM
As a resident of Dilla Street (and one directly across from the lake to boot), I would like to see the town work on dealing with the traffic on the street before they try to add more parking spaces. I take my life in my hands trying to get out of my driveway. No one slows down, forget about stopping. The priorities need to be straightened out here.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 12:09 PM
There is a big parking lot across from Sacred Heart, and many bikers could use that instead, but they all want to go to the Louisa Lake one it seems...
MilfordMomof3 May 03, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I don't see this as a priority for town money right now. It seems like most of the people coming to park aren't Milford residents(I know this from talking to them when up there walking.) Traffic is horrible already because of the purchase st light there and if anything, they should use that money to try to solve that. Or use the money elsewhere in town first.
Joe Desmond May 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I'm a bit confused about the "doubling of spaces". Is that within the same lot that exists, or would it be expanded, and if so, in which direction?
Joe Desmond May 03, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I would definatly have to agree with MilfordMomof3
Babe May 03, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Can some of the people causing the problem be from surrounding towns?? They come here to use all of out facilities and participate in our programs but they gripe because we could have a casino that would reduce our taxes. I don't approve of my taxes used to accommodate these people.
Danielle Lizotte May 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Perhpas because it involves crossing Dilla St. As Jennifer says, that is downright scary at times.
milfordman May 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I don't see this as a priority. There are plenty of spaces at Fino Field and Sacred Heart.
UglyHat May 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM
If it’s that popular, and that much of a problem, why not make it a pay-to-park lot? Leave the Fino Field and Sacred Heart lots as free parking. That might move some of the traffic and alleviate some of the parking problem. And the town might make some money too.
Danu May 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
The town got the land next to the parking lot donated (I think). They will probably use that. Still, it's a lot of money to spend right now.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 02:30 PM
The town purchased the land next door, the little house on Dilla that was torn down earlier this year. But I'm not sure exactly where the expanded lot would go. This will have to be approved at the Town Meeting in October, by the way.... should have added that.
Danielle Lizotte May 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I think that we should be careful about blaming people from out of town. I enjoy parks out of town, sometimes out of state, and would hate to see my recreational opportunities limited to only the place I pay taxes. Isn't it great that the path is such a success? I think crossing Dilla is a hinderance to the other parking lots, as is driving downtown, especially these days. That being said, adding more traffic to Dilla makes no sense. Maybe expanding the lot near the Hopkinton Line. It seems to fill up fast.
Interested Resident May 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I totally agree with MilfordMomof3 as well.
Interested Resident May 03, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Silver Lake in Bellingham has a nice playground. In the summer high season they charge a small fee for non-resident parking. But I do find it interesting that they are considering spending a more than $100k on a parking lot, when there is already a lot of parking on The Fino Field side of the trail, really just a short walk from Lake Louisa on the path. Meanwhile, the Milford Play Initiative is working so hard to raise a similar amount for a small playground on Fino Field and the town doesn't just go ahead and finance it. A playground on Fino Field would be a wonderful addition to the town facilities...wonder why it isn't a priority if there is town money available to spend on the trail facilities.
Milford Mom May 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Please put the money towards solving the Dilla traffic nightmare !!!
Milford Mom May 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
A playground at Fino would get destroyed !
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 (Editor) 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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