Unpacking the History of Bushnell Park

A Virtual Program on March 3 @6pm
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Did you know that Bushnell Park is the oldest publicly funded park in the United States? The Reverend Horace Bushnell championed “City Park” and Hartford’s citizens agreed to funding its development. Impressive when you consider that in the mid-1850s, urban parks were in their infancy.

How did Rev. Bushnell transform an ugly, smelly parcel of land into a world-class urban park? To learn more, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don Poland as he takes us through the rich history of Bushnell Park’s founding. Don will share his unique insights about Rev. Bushnell and his efforts at creating a central park, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Don is Managing Director of Urban Planning and Strategy at Gorman+York Property Advisors and has been an instructor at Central Connecticut State University and UConn. Don is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies – Graduate Studies Program at Trinity College, teaching courses in Urban Planning. Don has research and writes extensively about Horace Bushnell, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Hartford’s urban history. Don is a former board member of the Bushnell Park Foundation and served as chair of the Physical Parks Committee.

Lisa Karam, President of the Bushnell Park Foundation, will moderate the Q&A session.