I walked through the park during my lunch break today and a fence was up and workers were building forms for foam and concrete. Groundbreakings are sort of ceremonial, but now progress is being made in the park. They said 6 weeks two weeks ago, so that means it’ll be done in month (fingers crossed).
Here’s a 3D mock up of the what will be there then:
Also, check out a round up of the groundbreaking’s coverage, because I’m not very good at telling stories: Real Hartford & WNPR.
We had the groundbreaking this afternoon and it was totally awesome. People showed up, people were thanked, there was a gold deck that we signed. There was energy in the air and a sense that of anticipation and happiness.
I’ve been to a lot of community events in Hartford over the years where there’s a sense that something can’t be done, everything is impossible and good ideas are subsumed by a chorus of intransigent laments. Today, standing in a basketball court that never was, I was blown away by optimism and cooperation.
Photo credit to Laura
One of the main reasons we decided to form a Friends of the park group was to contribute to the upkeep of Heaven. We try to stroll through the park periodically to pick up trash and make sure nothing is messed up. Today while I was walking through the park, I saw something VERY messed up:
Now, the message is pretty meaningless and I think the idiot who painted it was just looking for maximum shock with the most hate speech s/he could fit in 8 sqft, but it is not something we can allow in our community. Since I don’t carry paint around while I’m on a lunch break, I emailed the picture to our Friends group. Dave and Laura went and got some paint and the racist scrawl was removed two hours after I saw it.
Hopefully this sends a message that Heaven is a hate-free place, because it is.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Join us for a groundbreaking ceremony for Hartford’s new skatepark.
At long last, construction is beginning on Hartford’s new and official skatepark at New Ross, County Wexford Park downtown (aka Heaven). Come join us for a brief groundbreaking ceremony, replete with a golden skateboard, Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4pm at Heaven.
For those of us involved with this project, this is the columniation of five years of meetings, planning, lobbying, grant writing, designing, compromising, fretting and hoping. It is with great relief that concrete will finally be poured.
So, please stop by Monday afternoon and bear witness to Heaven skatepark becoming a reality and allow us to say thank to all those involved over the past five years.
The Hartford Court of Common Council created the Hartford Skateboard Task Force in 2009 with the purpose of advising the City on the potential location, design and construction of a skatepark. Comprised of representatives of the skating, BMX, business, government and park communities, the Task Force fulfilled those goals and undertook fundraising and grant-writing measures to ensure that the park would be built. The design for the park was created with strong community input and a devised process via a series of public meetings. The Friends of Heaven Skatepark is a group born out of the legacy of the Task Force to maintain, promote, program and encourage the free use of the New Ross County Wexford Park and Heaven Skate Park by providing a space that fosters grassroots arts, recreation and culture for Hartford youth and residents
Some sectors have been complaining about the art at the park lately. We think it’s awesome that there’s a place to display quality graffiti in a safe and accessible place.
Looks like the Courant agrees with us. Check out this photo essay.
Check on this editorial the Courant wrote about Heaven in today’s paper.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Design-Builder selected to construct Hartford skatepark. Presentation on final design next week.
After years of plugging away to try and get a skatepark build at New Ross, County Wexford Park (“Heaven”), the dream is on the cusp of being reality. After an RFP (request for proposal) and competitive bidding process, Stantec/Who Skates? were selected as the designer & builder. These companies have extensive experience designing and building skateparks in Connecticut and throughout the nation. Members of the Skateboard Task Force were impressed by their emphasis on keeping Heaven unique andtrue to its roots, and also that it needed to be a focal point as it will be one of the few downtown skateparks.
A presentation on the final design will be held at the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Leading the presentation will be Mike McIntyre and pro-skater Kanten Russel from Stantec. Also, discussed will be what can be done to fast track construction: chiefly, contact the Department of Transportation and urging them to review the drawings as quickly as possible. As the skatepark will be constructed on top of I-84, the design must be reviewed by the DOT. Everything is in place from the City of Hartford’s end to start construction.
The Hartford Court of Common Council created the Hartford Skateboard Task Force in 2009 with the purpose of advising the City on the potential location, design and construction of a skatepark. Comprised of representatives of the skating, BMX, business, government and park communities, the Task Force fulfilled those goals and undertook fundraising and grant-writing measures to ensure that the park would be built. The design for the park was created with strong community input and a devised process via a series of public meetings.
I don’t know anything about concrete, but lots of people out there do. So, bid on this RFP. It’s due October 25, 2012 notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the RFP itself. See below.
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