(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.
(July 28, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that the City’s cooling centers and Hartford Public Library branches are open today and through the rest of the week to help residents escape the 90-degree temperatures and high humidity that are expected.
“Extreme weather of any kind can be harmful and I encourage all residents who need a place to cool down to take advantage of these centers,” said Mayor Segarra.
• North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, 8:30am-5:00pm
• South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, 8:30am-5:00pm
• Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, 8:30am-3:30pm
• Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street, 8:30am-4:30pm
• Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street, 8:30am-4:30pm
Hartford Public Library branches are also available for residents and visitors:
• Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, 10:00am to 8:00pm
• Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
• Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
• Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
• Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
• Park Branch, 744 Park Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
• SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, 12:30pm to 5:30pm
• Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, 12:30pm to 7:30pm
• Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, 12:30pm to 7:30pm
(July 21, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Police Chief James C. Rovella, joined by Greater Hartford NAACP President Imam Abdul-Shahid Muhammad Ansari and House of Restoration Church Bishop Jeremiah Torres, will be attending a forum Thursday hosted by the White House and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Hartford is among approximately 30 municipalities in the country attending the forum to discuss the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations.
“I am honored by the opportunity to participate in this valuable discussion at the White House and eager to exchange ideas with other Mayors, Chiefs and Administration officials. Earlier this year, Hartford was recognized by the Obama Administration for one of our community policing efforts, the Public Safety Initiative to guide young Hartford residents toward careers in public safety. This is only one example of the important work we are doing to build a strong relationship between police and our community,” said Mayor Segarra.
The all-day forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, July 23, will include plenary and break-out sessions where strategies for implementing the recommendations and developing ideas that communities across the country can use to establish public safety while building trust will be discussed. Mayor Segarra, Chief Rovella, NAACP President Ansari and Bishop Torres will be traveling to Washington, D.C. tomorrow afternoon.
WHO: Mayor Segarra, Chief Rovella, NAACP President Ansari and Bishop Torres
WHAT: Mayor Segarra, Chief Rovella, NAACP President Ansari and Bishop Torres will attend community policing forum at the White House
WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 2015
WHERE: White House; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.