What a successful month of sustainable celebrations!
In celebration of Arbor Day, over 60 volunteers, including employees from The Hartford, helped plant 37 trees on Irving Street. The mayor, city forester, CT DEEP state forester, and KNOX’s director all spoke on the city’s continuing commitment to a greener Hartford. The city is proud to be a Tree City USA for the 24th consecutive year, among the longest in Connecticut. Like Arbor Day celebration of the past, The Hartford has worked with KNOX on Arbor Day for the last eight years and has donated more than $200,000 to assist KNOX in environmental initiatives throughout the city, including the planting of 400 trees. This year, Irving Street was chosen for planting based on community need and support from neighborhood homeowners to plant trees and shrubs in their yards.
Community Clean Up Day: Albany Ave and Frog Hollow had community clean up events on last Saturday. Volunteers came out in full force, with KNOX generously providing tools and other materials. In parallel with this effort, local NRZs, the City, Department of Public Works, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission are kicking off an anti-litter campaign, which will aim to use education to change littering behaviors and instill a sense of community pride.
Hartford is a Silver Walk Friendly Community!
Hartford has been designated a “Walk Friendly Community” in recognition of efforts to expand public safety and other opportunities for pedestrians. Hartford is the only city in Connecticut to receive the designation, primarily because of its “robust engineering and policy practices” that shape and support walkability in the city. This complements Hartford’s award as a bronze Bicycle Friendly Community in 2016. Many thanks to iQuilt, an urban design nonprofit that led the application process, and our other partners that have helped promote and encourage a walkable and thriving environment in the heart of our city.