(July 31, 2013) — On Friday, August 2, the City of Hartford’s Livable & Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI), Department of Public Works (DPW) and representatives from the Navy submarine USS Hartford will be coordinating a clean-up event at Hartford’s historic Keney Park. Around 60 volunteers from the crew of the USS Hartford will be working to clear vegetation and litter within Keney Park’s Leadership Hiking Trail. Clean-up will take place from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
LSNI has enthusiastically received news of the partnership to help restore the Leadership Hiking Trail. Over the years, various forms of blight such as overgrown vegetation, graffiti, and illegal dumping have jeopardized this important asset of the City community.
“We are thrilled to partner with the USS Hartford in combating blight at Keney Park, and improving the accessibility of the Leadership Hiking Trail, which is a great recreational resource for the City of Hartford and its residents. Our collaboration with the USS Hartford is an exceptional opportunity and a prime example of the City and community partners working together to address blight and improve the Quality of Life for our residents,” said Ronnie Vazquez, assistant to the Chief Operating Officer.
About the USS Hartford
USS Hartford (SSN-768), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the second ship of the Navy to be named for Hartford, Connecticut. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 30 June 1988 and her keel was laid down on 22 February 1992. She was launched on 4 December 1993 sponsored by Laura O'Keefe, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe, and commissioned on 10 December 1994, with Commander George Kasten in command.