VOTE: March 17, 2018 – at Town Meeting
“Warrant Article 9 – To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase the real property known as Mascoma Lakeside Park from the State of New Hampshire, identified in the Town’s tax records as Tax Map 32, Lots 44 & 46, with the purchase price to be funded entirely from private gifts, legacies, grants, or other devises.”
The money to purchase this land would be raised entirely from private funds and two organizations that expect to use the park, the Enfield Village Association and the Mascoma Sailing Club have both pledged to provide on-going maintenance funds for at least 3 years.
EVA believes this would be a fantastic opportunity for the Town and encourages the support for this warrant article.
Click on the images below to get some background info on the park and to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Lake Access for Non-Motorized Boats is now complete! There are new picnic tables in the park as well. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped trim the bushes, put up the temporary sign (banner), construct the picnic tables, and to the Town for hauling away the rubbish and placing the tables in time for Old Home Days! ( July 2016)
Volunteers: Terri and Bud Lynch, Cheryl Guyre, Keith Thomas, Leslie and Rick Barrow, Bill Fontaine, Dick and Ann Corr, Sally Sharp, Kim Quirk, Meredith and Doug Smith, Reg Jones, Bob Cusick.
Organizations: Town of Enfield, Mascoma Lake Association, Mascoma Sailing Club, Upper Valley Board of Realtors, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, DHMC, Friends of the Northern Rail Trail, NH Dept of Transportation.
Pictures from the Winter Wing-Ding at the Mascoma Lakeside Park Wing-ding
Meredith Smith, Chair
Alex Bernhard, Member
Robert Cusick, Member
Jo-Ellen Courtney, Member
Ken Warren, Member
Kimberley Quirk, Member/ EVA president
Reg Jones, Member/ Sailing Club
Scott Osgood, Member
Shirley Green, Member
Steve Schnieder, Member/Town Manager
Terri Lynch, Member/ MLA
Mascoma Lakeside Park
The dream of a park on the shores of Lake Mascoma is finally becoming a reality in a cooperative effort with the Town of Enfield, Enfield Village Association, and NH Department of Transportation. The land adjoining the temporary bypass road, constructed as part of the rebuilding of Shaker Bridge, will soon become a lakeside park for all to enjoy.
In January of 2015, Plan NH conducted a charrette focused on the two lots owned by the NH DOT (the old motel site and adjoining lot) and now under long term management by the Town of Enfield. The charette envisioned public rest rooms, a pavilion, small amphitheater, bocce court, picnic grove with tables and benches, and a new non motorized boat ramp. In April of 2015, a committee was created by the Selectboard to work on making the charette plans come to fruition.
The Mascoma Lakeside Park Committee has met monthly and hopes to have a new non-motorized boat ramp built over the summer months. The ramp will be constructed to DES specifications and prevent further deterioration of the shoreline from small boat launchings. Mowing of the second lot has been accomplished with yet more to do this spring (no trees to be removed). It is hoped that with donations, picnic tables might also be installed this summer.
The amenities proposed by the charette will be completely funded by private donations and grants. The Enfield Village Association is partnering with the Town of Enfield on this project and will serve as 501 C3 vehicle to obtain grant funding. The DOT will build sidewalks, do shoreline appropriate landscaping, and street lighting to match the lighting on the bridge. When complete, the Mascoma Lakeside Park will become the gateway to Enfield Village and a place for all to enjoy.
The Mascoma Lakeside Park welcomes donations for benches, picnic tables and all other amenities. Checks may be made out to EVA (MLP in the Note) and sent to PO Box 763, Enfield, NH, 03748. Donations are tax deductible.
Mascoma Lakeside Park Chair