After the 1936 flood, the Park River was channeled into a massive underground conduit (45 feet wide and 30 feet high) and the original Bushnell Park pond was removed. An entirely new pond was designed and built by the Olmsted Brothers’ firm in 1943 at its present site close to Jewell Street. Today’s pond recalls the serpentine path where the Park River once flowed. With brownstone walls and almost immediate drainage problems, the new pond was plagued with mud and shallow murky water. But, thanks to the support of thousands of New Englanders, work was undertaken by the Bushnell Park Foundation in 1983 to rebuild the pond. A more recent addition to the pond is a stainless steel sculpture gracing the surface of water near the Carousel. The sculpture is the work of Norwalk, Connecticut sculptor Charles Perry. It was donated by the Travelers and formally dedicated and named “Harmony” in September 1990.
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Tours of the Arch
The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch is open for tours on the following dates – June 10, 18, 30 from 5-6:30pm.
We Are Hiring
We are searching for a Volunteer Coordinator to manage volunteer events. Click on the link to learn more.
Please help us keep the Park clean and vibrant. We provide the equipment, you provide a few hours of your time. Click here to see volunteer dates in June & July.
Bushnell Park Carousel
The Bushnell Park Carousel is currently closed, but will re-open this summer. Check back for dates.