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Mayor Segarra Kicks Off Parks Celebration

Weeklong Events Promote Civic Pride, Revitalization Efforts

(April 21, 2012) --- Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will kick off a citywide, weeklong celebration of progress and innovation in Hartford's parks beginning Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Hartford Beautiful, A Celebration of Our Parks, will begin at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning with "Wake Up Wired," which will include an early morning cleanup, an overview of the week's events and a special announcement at Hyland Park on Summit Terrace.

"Our parks are snapshots of our history, and spaces that belong to all of us," Mayor Segarra said. "By highlighting all there is to celebrate in our City parks, it is my hope that everyone will take pride in and ownership of these treasures every day."

Next week, Mayor Segarra will join representatives from the City's Departments of Public Works and Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs, the Recreation Division, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission and the Knox Parks Foundation for a series of park-centered events. These events include:

Tuesday, April 24 – Going Green – Projects, Preview and Presentations: From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Department of Public Works Director Kevin Burnham and Parks Operations Manager Jack Hale will host a presentation on parks projects at the Hartford Public Library's Center for Contemporary Culture, 500 Main Street. The dialogue will focus on recent accomplishments, as well as current and future projects. In addition, progress on the recommendations made by the Green Ribbon Task Force and renewed efforts of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission will be discussed.

Thursday, April 26 – Olmsted Day – "Rediscovering Old North Cemetery: At 5:30 p.m., Dr. Andrew Walsh, Norma Williams and Phillip Barlow will present a program that focuses on the history of Old North Cemetery and the many famous individuals buried there. Among them is Frederick Law Olmsted, whose firm designed the Hartford park system and Central Park in New York City. The discussion will be held at the Hartford Public Library – Center for Contemporary Culture.

Also on Thursday, the various "Friends Of" parks groups will host an open house, detailing the work of parks groups and how those interested can get involved.

Friday, April 27 – TGIA! (Thank Goodness It's Arbor Day): From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Mayor Segarra will join volunteers from The Hartford and others for a tree planting in recognition of Arbor Day. Additionally, Riverfront Recapture will host a Community Service Day with students from the University of Hartford.

Finally, DPW crews will be on site each day to perform improvements to Hartford parks throughout the City. For more information on the DPW schedule, visit the following link: Park Week Plan.

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