Funding Approved For West Hartford

September 20, 2018

The State Bond Commission approved a $750,000 grant – half of the total $1.5 million project cost – for substantial renovations and improvements to Wolcott Park, located off New Britain Avenue in West Hartford near Corbin’s Corner.

Two years ago, West Hartford began to develop a renovation plan for Wolcott Park. In collaboration with the Community Research and Design Collaborative of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Landscape Architecture, West Hartford officials conducted extensive community outreach to numerous stakeholders and park neighbors. The resulting 2017 comprehensive Master Plan for Wolcott Park identified five areas of focus: recreation amenities; lighting infrastructure; park restroom; redesign and repave parking lots; and accessibility throughout park.

The Bond Commission grant will allow West Hartford to upgrade the park’s lighting infrastructure, improve parking, install a handicapped accessible restroom building, improve trails and routes throughout the park with ADA compliant paths, install a new playscape and redesign the parking lots to address insufficiencies, traffic flow and handicapped parking. The much-needed renovations to Wolcott Park will provide effective, efficient and high quality leisure facilities, with amenities and programs for residents and visitors of all abilities.

The State Bond Commission also approved a $302,700 grant for the Noah Webster House on South Main Street in West Hartford to help pay for an upgraded HVAC system, renovated bathrooms, exterior improvements and office upgrades.