Category: North Meadows

Best of Your Neighborhoods

By , January 27, 2014 5:07 pm

Now that we have completed our three trips to each neighborhood, we wanted to share our absolute favorite pictures from this series.

(Blue Hills) This one was taken at the Watkinson Community Garden on Bloomfield Avenue, behind the Unitarian meetinghouse. This is more like a farm than a community garden. We have no idea why this wheelbarrow was perched in a tree; on other trips here, all equipment was stored in places one would expect it to be. The weather was changing from “vaguely Autumn” to “there’s frost”.

(Clay Arsenal) A friend tipped us off to some artwork in an area we were about to visit, but did not give an exact location. We do not even know if this was where he found the painting of a peacock. What we found — portraits — were more interesting than the simple scribbles that are common.

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Access Along River to be Extended

By , January 2, 2014 2:55 pm

Paved section of path, south of the Riverfront Plaza

It’s expected that the State Bond Commission will approve funds on Friday to finish paving the walkway between Charter Oak Landing and the existing path that crosses railroad tracks. Continue reading 'Access Along River to be Extended'»

Final Downtown North Design Meeting

By , December 12, 2013 5:13 pm

Artwork on structure walls at Heaven. It was proposed that these structures be removed or reduced in size. There were objections to the removal of this public art.

“This is about preparing an area for development,” said Thomas Deller, City of Hartford’s Director of Development Services. “Everything that’s here is being proposed as the maximum.”

The Downtown North Park Plan is funded, Deller said, by a sustainable community grant to “determine how we develop” the area “for growth and sustainability.”

As with the previous two public meetings, there were questions about who these proposed changes are for, even as the standing room only crowd was told that a steering committee included community members.

But all along, it has been evident that whole segments of the population have not been included in the planning process. At the previous meeting in October, very few residents not employed by the City were in attendance, and no regular users of New Ross, County Wexford Park were involved, even though this small park has its own Friends group. At that meeting, when I informed Tim Love, the Principal of Utile, Inc., that the park is currently used by skaters and others, and that a formal skate park was about the break ground, I was told that if this park was deemed not in the interest of economic development, the skate park could be moved.
I suggested that the parties involved in redevelopment reach out to the community.

That does not seem to have happened in the time since, but park users — including those who skate, do parkour, and use the space as a canvas for their art — caught wind of the plans to change a space without seeking their input. So, they showed up at last night’s final meeting, and they showed up in large numbers.

Regular users of Wexford, New Ross County Park — Heaven — showed up to the meeting where the park was given two minutes of discussion tacked on at the end just before the library closed.

Predictably, information about the skate park was presented last, for mere minutes, and then followed by the rushed Q&A segment. Continue reading 'Final Downtown North Design Meeting'»

In Your Neighborhood: North Meadows (last round)

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By , December 8, 2013 6:48 pm

The North Meadows is being included in discussion Continue reading 'In Your Neighborhood: North Meadows (last round)'»

September 2013 Events

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By , August 26, 2013 9:41 am

There is something striking about September. While this summer provided plenty of opportunities to sit around and watch free films, as we head into fall, there are many chances to get up and move around.

September 1

  • Back 2 Skool Block Party at Pratt Street: graffiti wall, body painting, dancing, 80′s and 90′s music, and live performances, plus a flea market. Noon until 6p.m. Free.
  • Events at nightclubs typically do not make the cut, but we thought you’d might like to know that there is one more LGBT event to add to Hartford’s ever-growing list: PRIDE SUNDAYS at 7 Sins Lounge & Bar (76 Union Place). This is an LGBT dance night from 7p.m. until 1a.m. Tonight is the opening night. Besides having DJs, there will be LGBT films shown.  The cover charge is $3. This is for grown folk only! Continue reading 'September 2013 Events'»

Quality of Life Initiative Community Conversations to Begin

By , August 22, 2013 6:54 am

The Community Conversations aspect of the Quality of Life Initiative will begin this Saturday, later than was originally announced.

There will be three meetings for different segments of the city; this follows how the police department has divided Hartford into districts.

The first meeting is this Saturday, August 24th from 10a.m. until 2p.m. at Parker Memorial Community Center (2621 Main Street). This is for residents and stakeholders (churches, educational institutions, business owners, etc.) of the following neighborhoods, being considered “North District”: Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, North East, North Meadows, and Upper Albany.

The meeting for what is considered the “Southern District” will be on September 7th, also from 10a.m. until 2p.m. This will be at the Pope Park Rec Center in Pope Park for the following neighborhoods: Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Frog Hollow, Parkville, Sheldon-Charter Oak, South End, South Green, South Meadows, and South West. Continue reading 'Quality of Life Initiative Community Conversations to Begin'»

13th Annual Dragon Boat and Asian Festival

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By , August 18, 2013 10:43 pm

The Connecticut River saw some action this weekend as some 3,000 people participated in the annual Dragon Boat Races. Continue reading '13th Annual Dragon Boat and Asian Festival'»

Launch Party for Real Hartford, LLC

By , August 8, 2013 6:11 am

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In Your Neighborhood: North Meadows (round two)

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By , July 27, 2013 8:06 pm

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August 2013 Events

By , July 26, 2013 2:01 pm

August 1

  • Healing Circle on Child and Youth Violence in the Community Room of the Hartford Public Library’s Albany Avenue branch. This event is described as

The Healing Circle is a group writing and sharing series to address our individual and collective pain resulting from the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case and similar killings of Black youth, such as Robert Lawlor that have occurred in Hartford. Whether sitting-in, marching, or writing we all need positive emotional release in which to maintain mental balance, personal health and wellness for our families and our community.

The purpose of the gathering is not to grandstand or speechify without action.

Self Injury Awareness Network CT and The Happy Manager are sponsors of this free program, which runs from 5-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

  • This month the Wadsworth Atheneum collaborates with Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival to bring an emancipation-themed Art After Hours event. There will be music from Karen Smith, and Misteree and Glamarus. Sister Jahmekka will give a poetry reading.  It is also the opening reception for SNAP! – a student photography exhibition, which is part of the Neighborhood Studios Summer Youth Program. The event begins at 5pm.  This will be followed by Sing Your Song at 8pm. Admission is $5; get in free if you wear yellow.
  • Kon-Tiki screens at Cinestudio. 7:30pm showtime. General admission: $9. Continue reading 'August 2013 Events'»

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