The Horace Bushnell Promenade, 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, is nearly complete. 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. The purpose of shifting the lower half of Gold Street is to create the space that allows the Promenade to turn eastward up Gold Street to reach Main Street, arriving at the new Horace Bushnell Gate and Tower Square.
Before & After
The Promenade provides a safe, comfortable, historic and attractive walking environment for everyone, including children and seniors, visitors, workers, and residents. The Promenade will be usable in all four seasons, weekdays and weekends, day and night.
Facts & Figures
- A beautiful, sustainable walkable new public space for Hartford
- The first expansion of Bushnell Park in 150 years
- A tribute to Reverend Horace Bushnell, creator of Bushnell Park
- Conceived and designed by the iQuilt Partnership’s design team
- Executed by the City, GHTD, and their engineers and contractors
- Runs for half a mile from Union Station to Tower Square
- 3 of 5 segments are nearly complete: Asylum, Ford, Jewell
- Need to complete the final two segments: Wells, Gold
- 30 feet wide, half a mile long (2700’)
- 2 acres (81,000 s.f.) of sustainable, walkable new public space
- 80 new street trees
- 30 new benches
- 36 new sustainable rain gardens
- 60 new energy efficient pedestrian and roadway lights
- 15 shorter, wider, safer, crosswalks with protective bollards
** The TIGER Intermodal Triangle Project, named for the Federal TIGER transportation grant that helped fund it, focuses on intermodal (walking, bike, bus, rail) transit improvements along the triangle of Bushnell Park North, Main Street, Pearl Street, and Asylum Street, as well as Union Place. The project includes a road diet on Bushnell Park North that has narrowed the roadway to better accommodate walking and biking — in some segments from four travel lanes down to two. The narrowing has calmed traffic, making it easier and safer to cross the street, and created the space for the Horace Bushnell Promenade along the edge of Bushnell Park.