Plans for expanded Milford state park face local criticism

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HARTFORD — State officials are expecting to hear some local criticism when they unveil plans next month to improve the Silver Sands State Park in Milford.

The plan calls for new restrooms, a snack bar and an entrance fee.

Local leaders and residents have made it clear they’re unhappy with the multi-million-dollar upgrade. They predict it will lead to traffic congestion problems in the densely populated neighborhood and put the park’s charm at risk. Many want the park to remain free for residents and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to restore its natural beauty.

DEEP officials are scheduled to present their improvement plans for the park at a public informational meeting in Milford on Sept. 24.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said the agency wants to hear residents’ concerns.