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Larson Announces $900,000 to Recapture Hartford’s Riverfront

July 26, 2021
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced today that his $900,000 funding request for the City of Hartford to improve public access to the Connecticut River was included in the House Transportation/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives Appropriations bill. The funding will be used for the construction of Riverfront Park, which will reconnect Hartford’s North End to the Connecticut River.  

“The I-84 and I-91 interchange has divided the City of Hartford and cut off its residents from the Connecticut River. I have long been an advocate of efforts to recapture the riverfront and reconnect the city, so I’m proud to announce that funding to continue these efforts has been included in the FY2022 appropriations package,” said Larson. 

“The Connecticut River is one of Hartford and our region’s most important assets, and Riverfront Recapture has done tremendous work activating our riverfront and reconnecting it with our city,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “This funding will help us create a new riverfront park with easy access from the North End of Hartford, including a trail linking the Hartford and Windsor riverwalks and a new cove for swimming and recreation.  I’m very grateful to Congressman Larson for championing this important project and securing this funding.” 

"Congressman Larson's bold vision for the region aligns perfectly with Riverfront Recapture's mission: to connect people with the Connecticut River. We are so grateful for this funding, which will allow us to build a beautiful new park, expand access to the Connecticut River, and reconnect Hartford's North End neighborhood to the river, and ultimately, to the region. It's time for transformation, and we are proud to be a part of it," said Michael Zaleski, President & CEO of Riverfront Recapture. Riverfront Recapture has led efforts to revitalize the riverfront in Hartford and East Hartford since 1981. 

Larson also recently voted for the INVEST in America Act, which included $16 million for the Greater Hartford Mobility Study. The Study will allow the state to begin work on a larger plan to revitalize the region through greater access to the Connecticut River, connecting the North End to all of the other neighborhoods in Hartford, and eliminating the congestion caused by the I84/I-91 interchange. 

 

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