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Hartford Commits $4 Million for Playgrounds


HARTFORD — Hartford’s children may soon have more playgrounds for recreational activities.

That’s because Hartford officials plan to partner with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for the construction of three new youth athletic fields at Quirk West, Annie Fisher School and Columbus Park.

Mayor Pedro Segarra’s office announced on Thursday that the  city has committed almost $4 million in funding from the Capital Improvement Program for a combination of soccer, football and little league baseball turfs.  Construction is expected to begin in the fall and, weather permitting, completed by the end of the year.

“I’m incredibly excited about this project,” Segarra said. “Hartford kids should have access to state-of-the-art playing fields. I’ll be pushing to have them finished as soon as possible. I want to thank the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for providing their expertise in design and construction. This will be an opportunity for a community that truly deserves it.”

Steve Salem, President of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation was also pleased with the partnership.

“We’re honored that the City of Hartford has allowed us to help them in a small way to bring these unique facilities to their community,” said Steve Salem, President of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “These fields, in particular, will provide kids with a place where they can feel safe, confident, and grow and learn.  It’s not about giving kids a chance to play in the big leagues; it’s about giving kids a chance.”

The preliminary design for the Columbus field was completed on Aug. 2. The design for Quirk West will be presented at the Hartford School Building Committee on Aug. 19 and Annie Fisher on Sept. 5 at the Blue Hills NRZ meeting.

 

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