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Heaven’s Open

Photo courtesy of Andy Hart

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Scenes from the Sidewalk: After the Hail

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By , July 10, 2014 10:02 am

Speed of Capital Improvement Projects

With so much talk of how the City has been spending money and plans to use bonding in relation to the proposed stadium, it’s time to take a look at how Hartford is using Capital Improvement Project funds elsewhere.

Recreation

The recently re-opened George Day Park is one of those items. With new playground equipment, basketball court, garden area, and water features, this Parkville spot cost $870,000 to renovate.

In neighboring Frog Hollow, the Pope Park North/Baby Pope playground has been under construction for months. The underutilized tennis courts, broken chain link fencing, and dated playground equipment were ripped out, along with a concrete spray pool. Neighborhood kids have been, in the meantime, playing basketball and football on the first block of Putnam Street, in the roadway. Here, the City has said that the spray pool and playground construction would be completed by May, but a sign at the site says July. There is some playground equipment and picnic tables in place, but work remains to be done for the $570,000 price tag.

The Goodwin Park spray pool construction is scheduled to be completed in August: $190,000.

The carousel in Bushnell Park opened for the season at the end of June, approximately two months later than it normally does. That it has been open for more than only two days this season is an improvement over what was expected — one day in June, one day in September. The necessity of some of these renovations has been debated, but ultimately, the funds were approved. A document produced by the City lists the CIP funds for this at $900,000, yet the City Council approved $1M for it. Construction should complete in late November. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects'»

Co-Existence

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By , July 4, 2014 8:28 am

Crickets Over Cricket Field

A message sent out earlier this week by the New Britain Social Club announced that as of September, cricket games will be played at Veteran’s Stadium at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. This is already happening elsewhere in the city, but here’s the twist:

“. . .Waterbury, New Britain, Hartford, Windsor and Bloomfield currently have one or two cricket fields. Our plan is to bring the final games from these locations to New Britain.”

The message says that this is a collaboration between the New Britain Social Club and the City of  New Britain’s Parks and Recreation department.

Cricket Press Release


Hartford has a reputation for its interest in cricket, with fields in Keney Park and Riverside Park.

Bushnell Park North Tree Shade

Notices were attached to trees in Bushnell Park.
A public hearing was held.
People spoke in favor of keeping healthy trees where they were.

This was filed:

23 Trees Complaint

Then, trees were removed this past weekend.

Saturday in Bushnell Park

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By , June 28, 2014 1:47 pm

The Festival of India & Ratha Yatra (chariots) — sponsored by ISKCON of Connecticut — could be found in the western section of Bushnell Park. There were greetings of peace and love as families gathered under the trees for shade.

A display about changing bodies and reincarnation

Display on the ethics of eating meat

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July 2014 Events

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By , June 26, 2014 7:52 am

Do you need programmed events? Put on some sneakers and walk around. This photo was taken on a path along the Park River, accessible from where Lorraine Street turns. Park River trails are also accessible from Mark Twain Drive (near Plainfield Street) and Brookfield Street (near Flatbush Avenue).

Here’s some of what is happening in Hartford:

July  1

  • Love Wins on Oakland Terrace: free family festival from 5-7pm at Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street.
  • Drop into Real Art Ways for Real Board (Games). Play the games they provide or bring your own. 6-10pm. Free.
  • Fed Up, a documentary about the food industry, screens at Cinestudio at 7:30pm. General admission is $9.

July 2

  • The Kid, a Charlie Chaplin film, will be screened in the Hartford Public Library at 1:30 and 5:30pm today. Free.
  • Love Wins on Barbour Street: free family festival from 5-7pm featuring haircuts, pony rides, face painting, music, and more. This will be hosted by The Hartford Project and the Citadel of Love, 167 Barbour.
  • Every Wednesday — as long as it isn’t raining — there will be free yoga in Elizabeth Park at 5:30pm. Bring your own mat or towel. Yoga is in the picnic area across from the Pond House.
  • Hartford 2000 is hosting what it calls an “informational meeting” about the proposed Rock Cats stadium. This will be held at the Hartford Public Library at 6pm. Mayor Segarra and other City officials are expected to be presented to answer questions and listen to public opinion. As of publication, only Segarra has been named as a speaker. Continue reading 'July 2014 Events'»

Goodwin Park Golf Course to Re-Open this Week

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By , June 25, 2014 6:30 pm

Closed since November, the public golf course will be officially re-opening Thursday morning following at 10:30 appearance by Mayor Segarra. The City of Hartford has spent upwards of $1 million to repair it.

The Keney Park Golf Course will remain closed for the 2014 season as it also undergoes extensive repairs.

Expanded Seating Options for Downtown

You know how awkward it is to sit on a park bench while balancing your sandwich on your lap at the same time as trying to find a place to put your iced tea, only to remember that the benches are not exactly flat? Anything that touches the ground for a moment is set upon by pigeons and squirrels. And at lunch time, getting a spot in Bushnell Park is not a given unless you want to be seated where you can stare off in enchantment at Elm Street, soothed by the sounds of food trucks.

Now, you can dine, or just park yourself, at one of the red tables set up outside of the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park or in other locations Downtown.

The tables are not many, but for a thirty minute stretch in the noon hour, only one table was occupied.


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