(August 7, 2015) As part of the Hartford Intermodal Triangle Project, the City of Hartford will be conducting milling and paving activities along Asylum Street and Spruce Street the week of August 10, 2015. The limits and location of work include:
Asylum Street – Starting at the Ann Uccello Street intersection to the I-84 Bridge.
Spruce Street – From the Asylum Street intersection to the Church Street intersection.
This area will be worked on throughout the entire week of August 10, 2015:
Hours of Operation will be from: 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM.
• Monday & Tuesday, August 10th and 11th (7:00 PM -5:00 AM) - Milling Roadway.
• Wednesday & Thursday, August 12th and 13th (7:00 PM -5:00 AM) –Paving Roadway.
• Friday, August 14, 2015 (7:00 PM -5:00 AM) - Paving Roadway may be needed.
The work is weather dependent and may extend into Friday night. To mitigate traffic impacts, the construction activities will take place between 7:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Pavement markings will be done at 7:00 AM. We apologize for the inconvenience these activities may cause.
(August 5, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra visited Summer Youth Employment Program interns at Hartford Hospital and the Center for Latino Progress. The program, managed by Capital Workforce Partners, provides work experience and training for young people ages 14-21. Mayor Segarra secured funding in June from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to hire 100 additional students from the North Hartford Promise Zone. The City of Hartford currently invests $1.25 million in the Summer Youth Employment Program, which has 1,447 Hartford slots this year.
“This is a great opportunity for our young people to gain real work experience, learn what it is to earn a paycheck and most importantly build networking skills that can lead to future opportunities. I would like to thank the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for always being a partner and true supporter of our City and Capital Workforce Partners for their continued leadership in the Summer Youth Employment Program,” said Mayor Segarra.
Capital Workforce Partners, the backbone organization for the Summer Youth Employment program, selects local agencies to oversee the interns through a competitive bidding process. The following nine Hartford agencies were selected to oversee the students:
Sample Worksites and occupations:
In addition to the Summer Program, the City is also a partner in the Hartford Student Internship plan that secured 178 after school internships this spring for Hartford Schools juniors and seniors. Capital Workforce Partners is also a lead strategic partner in the North Hartford Promise Zone and will train young residents for jobs created within the zone.
(August 4, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that Keney Park won a $20,000 grant to help refurbish three of its basketball courts from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN. The grant is part of Parks Build Community, an NRPA initiative to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. Hartford residents voted for Keney Park over two other projects in an online voting competition in April. Refurbishing Keney Park’s basketball courts was one of 15 projects selected from around the country to receive grant funding. The $20,000 grant contributes to the $86,500 cost of resurfacing the three basketball courts and installing new hoops and backboards. Construction should be completed in time for the Annual Family Day in Keney Park Festival this month. The City is spending $825,000 to refurbish athletic courts in the City.
“I want to thank the NRPA for their investment and for involving the community and allowing them to decide how the award is spent. The grant will go a long way in improving three highly-utilized basketball courts, promoting outdoor physical activity among our residents and fostering a sense of community,” said Mayor Segarra.
“The tremendous support shown by the public through their daily votes during Earth Month confirms what we truly believe: that parks have immense power to make our lives and the places we live better,” said Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of NRPA.
For more information about the winning Parks Build Community projects visitwww.NRPA.org/BeInspired.
(July 29, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra was joined by Mary Cockram, President of the Pope Hartford Designated Fund and Sharon O’Meara, Director of Workforce Investments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in celebrating the grand opening of Pope Park North, a 2.65 acre park known in the community as ‘Baby Pope Park.’ A new play structure and splash pad for children ages 2 to 5, as well as new pathways and seating areas have replaced deteriorating basketball courts, tennis courts and an old playground. The new playground and spray pool are designed to reflect the park’s connection to Colonel Albert Pope, inventor of the Columbia bicycle and the first electric automobile. Park improvements are artfully woven into the existing landscape to protect historic trees and create a quiet space for the neighborhood. The $600,000 project, part of the Pope Park Master Plan, was financed through a partnership among the City of Hartford, the Pope Hartford Designated Fund (PHDF) and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Since 2005, three phases of restoration work have been completed in Pope Park using more than $4.2 million in city, state and private funds.
“What a marvelous achievement on behalf of the community, the Pope Hartford Designated fund, Friends of Pope Park , the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the City of Hartford. Baby Pope Park is truly a reflection of the neighborhood it serves as well as the history of the area. I’m so happy that this space exists for our children and residents,” said Mayor Segarra.
“Baby Pope Park is a jewel in Hartford's emerald necklace of parks. It's wonderful to hear kids laughing and playing in the playground and water feature, especially when it's this hot. We're delighted with the help and collaboration from the City and so many others to make this happen,” said Mary Cockram, President of the Pope Hartford Designated Fund.
Through an agreement with the city and the Pope family, PHDF receives a portion of funds from several billboards near and on park property. Those funds are used as seed money to develop plans and secure other major funding. For the Baby Pope project, PHDF contributed $80,000 and also used its resources to secure a grant of $200,000 from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The new spray pool at Baby Pope Park is among 11 spray pools in the City where kids can keep cool on hot, summer days. The others are located at:
The spray pools are free and are open Monday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Spray pools are not open during inclement weather. For a list of City parks, visit: http://www.hartford.gov/parks.