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City of Hartford Parks

Hartford parks and open spaces serve as valuable amenities for the City’s residents, businesses, regional visitors, and tourists from abroad. The multifaceted benefits of Hartford’s parks include a range of recreational fields for organized sports, scenic pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians, swimming pools, boat launches, equestrian trails, golf courses, playscapes for children, gardening, and other healthy opportunities for social interaction. 

Hartford has 46 parks and parkettes, plus five cemeteries, totaling 2,259.5 acres.   Hartford’s facilities range from large parks like Bushnell, Pope, Keney, Colt and Goodwin to small neighborhood parks and greens like Campfield Green and Franklin Square Park. 

Hartford Parks system is of great historic significance to the evolution of American public parks. Pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was a native of the city and his firm played a key role in planning Hartford’s park system. Six of Hartford’s parks are on the National Register of Historic Places: Bushnell Park, Keney Park, Colt Park, Elizabeth Park, Sigourney Park, and Charter Oak Landing. Hartford is blessed with the nation’s first publicly-funded municipal park, Bushnell Park (1854), as well as America’s the first municipal rose garden in Elizabeth Park. 

Want to find out what events and activities are happening in our parks? Go to “A View from the Parks”, the Park and Recreation Advisory Commission Facebook Page. Be sure to “follow” or “like”

The Park and Recreation Advisory Commission consists up to twenty-one members. These members include representatives of the active friends of parks groups and the remaining members are nominated by the Mayor and subject to approval by the Council on an at-large basis without regard to the neighborhood in which they reside. It provides input and feedback concerning the use of parks by the general public, park management, and park policies and recreation program formulation to the Director of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation. It is to have working relationships with schools, community and civic organizations and provide the general public with information and education as regards recreation and park maintenance. The Commission serves as the contact point for the public to express their opinions and requests relative to recreational programming in Hartford. The commission meets the last Tuesday of every month. These meetings are open to the public.


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