dept. public works

Leaf Collection

The City of Hartford (AKA your tax dollars) continues to provide leaf collection services at no extra cost.

This should require minimal explanation, but in its materials the Department of Public Works has had to clarify that leaves be placed loose curbside or in biodegradable paper bags; residents have put them in plastic bags in previous years.

Curbside leaf collection is not year-round, but a service provided from October-December. If you are willing to go the extra step by putting the leaves in bags, those will be picked up on your normal trash and recycle collection day during the seven-week period that begins October 31. (more…)

Urban Birds Celebrated in Elizabeth Park

Audubon Sharon sharin’ “Mandala,” a Red-tailed Hawk

Audubon Connecticut and Park Watershed presented a celebration of migratory birds at Elizabeth Park on Thursday, in part to mark 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Besides a guided bird walk and the chance to check out some birds of prey, the event featured chats from national and local experts.

Scott Johnston, Chief of Bird Population Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, explained what sparked the need for the treaty. Unregulated hunting of birds, primarily for use in hats, impacted the populations. These hats included all, pieces of, or just feathers from egrets, herons, terns, owls, and hummingbirds.

Today, Hartford and New Haven are recognized as two of the 26 places in the United States designated as Urban Bird Treaty Cities, meaning they have committed to education and action. (more…)

Temporary Closure of Bushnell Park Playground

Citing numerous safety concerns, Hartford’s DPW will begin removing the playground in Bushnell Park on Monday, April 18. The map, amphitheater, and “literary picnic grove” will remain.

Bushnell Park Foundation and DPW intend to install an accessible playground, with construction starting in the fall. To pay for this, the Bushnell Park Foundation has set up a donation page.

In the meantime, there is a public playground located in Pulaski Mall, just south of Downtown.

Suggestion Box: Patching the Budget Hole

How we got here

The City of Hartford’s economic problems did not just happen. They did not spring up when Mayor Bronin was sworn into office. They did not emerge last year or even the year before that. (more…)

Cemetery Improvements on Horizon

Photo taken July 19, 2014

Those who regularly visit Zion Hill Cemetery see that gravestones there are routinely toppled and destroyed. Unlike Cedar Hill Cemetery, where visitors are frequent and staff are visible, Zion Hill does not get nearly that level of care and attention throughout the year, despite being a fraction of Cedar Hill’s size and having a police substation opposite one corner. Gates remain open after hours.

What is thought of as one cemetery between Zion, Ward, Affleck, and Allen is actually a patchwork of various cemeteries. The City of Hartford maintains some of this; the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Association of Jewish Cemeteries maintains the

Photo taken July 19, 2014

various other cemeteries found here. (more…)

Sprucing Up Bankside Grove

City vehicles have been spotted with growing frequency in the Bankside Grove section of Pope Park, with a major cleanup getting underway today. A few trees have been taken down in recent weeks, but today Mayor Bronin announced that DPW would be tackling the bulky waste that is often illegally dumped here, along with removing litter and understory vegetation.

According to the Mayor’s Office, this clean up is meant to “improve the attractiveness of the park along Park Terrace and enhance its ecological viability.” (more…)