11th Annual Great Park Pursuit
Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure Begins April 30th
at Keney Park, Hartford
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Friends of Keney Park, are hosting the kickoff of the 11th Annual Great Park Pursuit from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Keney Park, 323 Edgewood Street, Hartford.
Open to families and children, this free event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and will include activities relating to the cultural and natural history of Keney Park, one of the nation’s oldest Parks. There will be nature hikes, an urban wildlife station, the movie “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks,” a mini Bio-Blitz activity, arts & crafts, the Ebony Horsewomen, and many more fun activities for all ages.
Parking is available on nearby streets and at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, 25 Ridgefield Street, Hartford.
“For the first time ever the Great Park Pursuit kicks off at a legendary city park, nestled in a residential neighborhood and woodland setting where the local community spends times relaxing and enjoying family time,” said Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner of DEEP. “With a trout-stocked pond for fishing, nature trails, swimming pool, playscape, picnic area and more this gem in the heart of Hartford has much to offer all visitors. DEEP is proud to include Keney Park in our seven-week Great Park Pursuit, where families will learn what makes this park special and unique.”
The 693-acre Keney Park with acreage in Hartford and Windsor, is one of the largest designed landscapes in the United States. Keney Park is Hartford’s largest park providing not only neighborhood recreation in a historic designed landscape, but also ecologically rich environments. An initial gift of 533 acres by investor and wholesale grocer, Henry Keney to the City of Hartford in 1894, it expanded the City’s then-emerging park system.
Keney Park was designed by the landscape architectural firm of Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot. It was deemed ready and presentable for transfer to the City, as directed in Keney’s will, on August 18, 1924. Keney Park was intentionally designed to be a “truly sylvan pastoral landscape.” Over time, it has been enjoyed by generations of Hartford families and visitors.
The Great Park Pursuit is a part of DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® initiative, now celebrating its 11th year. It is focused on introducing families to the outdoors, building the next generation of environmental stewards and showcasing all that Connecticut has to offer.
For more information contact Teresa Gagnon at: Teresa.email@example.com or call her at: 860-529-5816. More information on the “The Great Park Pursuit Kickoff at Keney Park” can also be found atwww.NoChildLeftInside.org or call DEEP State Parks at (860) 424-3200.