sporting (142 of 214)From college students to retirees, beginners to the very experienced, men and women of all ages and physical abilities can participate in our classes for beginning, intermediate and experienced rowers. Classes are offered in both large, team boats (sweep rowing) and smaller, individual boats (sculling). We also have Competitive Racing Teams for adult rowers, and summer memberships for and college students.

Beginning & Intermediate Class Schedule
No experience is necessary to partcipate in our beginners classes; you should have some experience before registering for intermediate classes. All participants must know how to swim, even though it’s unlikely you’ll end up in the water. Registration will be open soon for the following programs.

 

Session 1 , June 1 – June 22

AM Beginning Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $195
PM Beginning Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 pm, $195
AM Beginning & Intermediate Sculling, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $225
AM Beginning & Intermediate Sculling, M/W or T/TH 7:45 – 9 am, $165
Session 1 make up classes for Memorial Day will be held on 6/2 for PM rowers and 6/3 for AM rowers. All are invited to a fun race and picnic on Thursday, June 23, 6 – 7:30 pm.

Session 2, June 27 – July 20

AM Beginning Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $195
AM Intermediate Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $170
PM Beginning Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 pm, $195
PM Intermediate Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 pm, $170
AM Beginning & Intermediate Sculling, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $225
AM Beginning & Intermediate Sculling, M/W or T/TH 7:45 – 9 am, $165
Session 2 make up classes for Independence Day will be held on 6/7 for PM rowers and 6/8 for AM rowers. All are invited to a fun race and picnic Thursday July 21, 6 – 7:30 pm

Session 3, August 1 – August 24

AM Beginning Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $195
AM Intermediate Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $170
PM Beginning Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 pm, $195
PM Intermediate Sweep, M/W 6 – 7:30 pm, $170
AM Beginning & Intermediate Sculling, M/W 6 – 7:30 am, $225
AM Beginning & Intermediate Sculling, M/W or T/TH 7:45 – 9 am, $165
All are invited to a fun race and picnic Thursday, August 25, 6 – 7:30 pm

March 2016: Progress on Gold Street

Photo: Kenneth R. Gosselin

Gold Street, March 2016, photo: Kenneth R. Gosselin

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Gold Street, June 2011, via Google Street View

Progress continues on Gold Street’s realignment, a critical component of the our GreenWalk, ultimately connecting the Connecticut River to Bushnell Park. It also allows for the first expansion of Bushnell Park since its completion in 1860.

This realignment will create a pedestrian promenade from the Travelers and the Atheneum through Bushnell Gardens all the way to Hoadley Gate.

Horace Bushnell Promenade: Before & After

The Horace Bushnell Promenade is a beautiful new 30’ wide pedestrian and bike-friendly public space that runs along the north side of Bushnell Park, extending half a mile from Union Station to Main Street. It is the primary new feature of both Bushnell Park North* and the TIGER Intermodal Triangle project**. The Promenade effectively enlarges the northern edge of Bushnell Park, reclaiming some of the park space that was lost to roadway widening in the 1950s. The next phase of construction will extend the Promenade from Fox Gate at Trumbull Street up Gold Street to Main Street. Continue reading

Call for Volunteers

[su_heading size=”16″ align=”left” margin=”10″]We are seeking volunteers to assist with Winterfest Hartford decorations in the Pump House and tree-lighting in Bushnell Park on Saturday, November 14. Please use the form below to register to volunteer. You’ll receive an email confirmation with meeting locations and other details on November 7.[/su_heading]

 




Judge Sides with City, iQuilt in Gold Street Relocation

Judge Marshall K. Berger has dismissed the appeal against the realignment of Gold Street. This is a groundbreaking victory for the iQuilt Plan and the City of Hartford and affirms that a very thorough and diligent process was followed to incorporate this into the overall iQuilt Plan.

The relocation of Gold Street is necessary for the completion of Bushnell Gardens and is a critical component of the iQuilt’s GreenWalk, connecting the Connecticut River to Bushnell Park. It also allows for the first expansion of Bushnell Park since its completion in 1860.

The current alignment of Gold Street dates from the 1970s and was engineered for the convenience of commuters in automobiles. The new realignment of Gold Street is designed, by contrast, for pedestrians. The realignment creates a new pedestrian promenade from the Travelers and the Atheneum through Bushnell Gardens all the way to Hoadley Gate, which is incorporated into the design. The current triangular lawn south of Gold (which is City property) has been an unused, leftover space for more than 40 years, clearly demonstrating that the current alignment is an impediment to the revitalization of downtown Hartford as a vibrant, walkable district. The new alignment will accommodate vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians; it will create an active new public park space for Hartford.

Read the Hartford Courant’s article about the Gold Street decision, or read the entire decision on the Connecticut Judicial website.

The Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden is Growing

Two works by artist Carol Kreeger Davidson (1929-2014) have been installed in the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden: Reconstructed Issues and Saving The Trees.

Carol Kreeger Davidson, Reconstructed Issues

Carol Kreeger Davidson, Reconstructed Issues

Reconstructed Issues
Carol Kreeger Davidson used as many materials as possible when she created Reconstructed Issues. She wanted to see if they would speak with their own voices or could harmonize and become one. The two sections of this piece can be moved into different positions or reconstructed entirely, changing the relationships between the forms, shapes, and materials: bronze, stainless steel, aluminum and teak.

Carol Kreeger Davidson, Saving The Trees

Carol Kreeger Davidson, Saving The Trees


Saving The Trees
“The essence of my work is combining the geometric and the organic. The reintegration of nature and sculpture is a task of our time.” — Carol Kreeger Davidson

This object explores themes that were central to Kreeger Davidson’s work as a sculptor. Angular stainless steel trees with delicate leaf stencils, the imposing middle figure and the cut-out base show the relationship between created forms and those found in the natural world.

The Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden was made possible by a collaboration between The iQuilt Partnership, the Bushnell Plaza Condominium Association and was curated by Joan Hurwit. Each of the objects in the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden was created, transported and installed by Connecticut artists, free of charge.

Gold St. & Bushnell Gardens

Bushnell Gardens will connect Main Street to Bushnell Park, and is a critical component of the iQuilt Plan. It will complete the GreenWalk, bridging the Capitol to the Riverfront, and with it the iQuilt Plan achieves its mission, which is to promote walking, biking and transit by creating a vibrant gathering place through enhancements of the downtown pedestrian network, to promote culture and hospitality by linking downtown destinations and highlighting their historic and cultural significance and lastly, through innovation and sustainability, bringing water management and sustainable design to downtown Hartford. But if we cannot realign Gold Street, then there is no space to create Bushnell Gardens. And without Bushnell Gardens, there is no link to Main Street, and no GreenWalk. The entire iQuilt Plan would be seriously compromised, right at its very heart. Continue reading

New Chair Elected

The newly elected Chair of the Board of the iQuilt Partnership is James Carter, Managing Principal of Carter Realty. Mr. Carter will take over for outgoing Chair, Bonnie Malley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Phoenix Companies.

Mr. Carter brings thirty years of real estate experience to his new role as iQuilt Partnership Chair. Prior to forming Carter Realty, Mr. Carter was Chief Investment Officer of Konover Properties Corporation (2006), where he oversaw all investment activity, including acquisitions and development.

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The newly elected Chair of the Board of the iQuilt Partnership is James Carter, Managing Principal of Carter Realty. Mr. Carter will take over for outgoing Chair, Bonnie Malley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Phoenix Companies.

Mr. Carter brings thirty years of real estate experience to his new role as iQuilt Partnership Chair. Prior to forming Carter Realty, Mr. Carter was Chief Investment Officer of Konover Properties Corporation (2006), where he oversaw all investment activity, including acquisitions and development. Continue reading

Peacocks on the Plaza

 

peacocks“Peacocks,” one of the latest additions to the Bushnell Plaza Sculpture Garden, is the work of Michael McLaughlin of Torrington, Connecticut. His bronze sculptures are “often allegorical narratives relating the harmony and interdependence found in nature,” Continue reading