Update: State rep says the lot will be re-opened today.
DCR, which has been hauling boulders into Stony Brook Reservation for years to close off parking space, this weekend shut off access to a small parking lot on Enneking Parkway that provided access to the main paved path that circles around the reservation forest and Turtle Pond.
The shutdown means that people who use the path will have to park across the street, near the ballfield - at least until DCR shuts that down as well. This new configuration could mean problems for slow walkers, people in wheelchairs or people with strollers, since drivers heading into Hyde Park from the four-way stop tend to zoom around the curved road, making them hard to see - or escape - until they are almost on top of you.
For more than a decade now, DCR's answer to littering and other problems in the 475-acre reservation has been, no, not to try to deal with the problems head on, but to block off parking lots and even just widened parts of road shoulders where people might pull in in an attempt to enjoy the woods. Enneking, Turtle Pond and Dedham parkways are now lined with boulders, except for one former parking area on Dedham Parkway, where DCR tossed in an old tree trunk as well.
There has been a growing problem with people dumping piles of trash in the parking lot and idling in the parking lot for long periods of time, but most of the users are just there to walk the trails. There is a parking lot across the street and down a bit, but it is very difficult to make the crossing without risking your life, especially with dogs and a stroller. And there isn't really anywhere else to park to get to that paved portion of the trail system, so Bostonians looking to take a walk in the woods with a stroller or wheelchair just lost a major resource. Thanks DCR.
According to the Stony Brook Reservation group on Facebook, DCR blocked the parking lot but didn't clean up the trash it was upset about.