The Elizabeth Park Conservancy held a little soiree at the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford Tuesday announcing the start of a multi-year restoration plan that will give six historic buildings on the park grounds a long-needed facelift.
“It will just be Phase 1,” explained board member Kathleen Kraczkowsky, noting the 19th century buildings including the greenhouse and caretaker’s building will be among those getting some interior and exterior upgrades as part of the project.
The reception attracted a well-known crowd including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and his husband Charlie Ortiz, New Britain Museum of American Art executive director Douglas Hyland and The First Tee director David Polk.
And while the restoration of the buildings was welcome news, there was other news that happens next week.
“We’ll be dedicating the new playground at the park in honor for Ana Grace Marquez-Greene on April 4,” said Kraczkowsky.
The then six-year-old was one of the 20 children killed the Sandy Hook School massacre in 2012. The Hartford playground is part of a project to establish parks to commemorate each one of the children and educators who were killed in the tragedy in Newtown. April 4 would have also been the youngster’s 8th birthday. Ana Grace’s parents, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez, both graduated from the University of Hartford and chose Elizabeth Park as the location for the playground honoring their daughter.
The playground will be located on the east lawn of the park.