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City of Hartford Parks System

Hartford is not only blessed with the first municipal park (Bushnell Park, 1854) and first municipal rose garden (Elizabeth Park, 1904) in America, it also boasts an unrivaled legacy of parks and boulevards that span several decades of involvement of all three Olmsteds (Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., John Charles Olmsted), ranging from small-scale squares and greens (Barnard Park, c1865) to large-scale municipal works such as Keney Park (1896), the 693-acre career capstone of Charles Eliot's tenure with the Olmsted office.Today, funding and maintenance are critical issues that threaten these historic landscape resources.

This website from The Cultural Landscape Foundation reviews the risks to the park system in Hartford.

Click here for the website.

| Last update: September 25, 2012 |
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