A perfect summer day full of color, added to enthusiasm at the community celebration for the completion of Phase Two of the Master Plan on Saturday, September 8, 2007. A key component of the plan was the removal of Pope Park Drive and the bringing together of the park for the first time in over 90 years. The road removal, a new courtyard to the park’s recreation center, and major pedestrian and parking improvements were funded by the city of Hartford and by a $270,000 capital grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The Pope Hartford Designated Fund is the nonprofit entity responsible for the overall campaign to restore the Park. The event was sponsored by the Friends of Pope Park, the Pope Hartford Designated Fund, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the City of Hartford.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurates the opening of the new courtyard. Shown left to right are: Sandy Parisky, The Parisky Group; Nick Carbone, Pope Hartford Designated Fund; Jeff Thereault and Steve O’Neil, Vanasse, Hangen Brustlin, Inc.; Tony Matta, City of Hartford; Jim Boucher, Hartford Court of Common Council; Pam Shadley of Shadley Associates, Inc.; Nancy Macy, President, Pope Hartford Designated Fund; Eddie Perez, Mayor, City of Hartford; Gary Stoddard. President, Friends of Pope Park; Lewis Robinson, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Robert Painter, Hartford Court of Common Council and Chair of the Public Works and Environment Committee; Lucy Fuentes, Friends of Pope Park; Katherine Pharibe Hannan, a member of the Pope Family and her daughter, Parley Hannan. Photo by Phil Fortune, Fortune Works.