On January 14th, 2020 a meeting was held concerning the state of Batterson Park by a new group named the Batterson Park Conservancy.

The meeting consisted of several community leaders: New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, Town Manager of Farmington Katheeln Blonski, Representative Ritter, Hartford City Council members Rosetti and Bermudez, Farmington Council Chair CJ Thomas, Hartford DPW Director Veselka and Parks and Rec Director of New Britain Erik Barbeiri, and Charmaine Craig and Craig Mergins from Hartford PRAC.

According to a facebook post by Neil Patrick Connors, his group, the Batterson Park Conservancy, have been working with the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission on a plan to rehabilitate the park.

 

If you can’t read that the post says:

“Today was a great day for Batterson Park.

Thanks to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, Town Manager of Farmington Katheeln Blonski, Representative Ritter, Hartford City Council members Rosetti and Bermudez, Farmington Council Chair CJ Thomas, Hartford DPW Director Veselka and Parks and Rec Director of New Britain Erik Barbeiri, and Charmaine Craig and Craig Mergins from Hartford PRAC for coming!

We discussed the history of the park, cost sharing (and potential revenue sharing) for the park, the different models (Conservancy, State Park, Lake Authority and of course Hartford City Park [its current status]). Mayor Stewart and Town Manager Blonski were so helpful, receptive, and provided real tangible solutions for short and long term viability of the park. Representative Ritter discussed what the state might be able to do to give a one-time assist to get the park going. We discussed a phased opening of the park to emphasize accessibility for folks from all towns [with and without cars] and how to make the park safe for additional Camp Courant campers. There was a strong consensus among all parties that something should and can be done between the towns to preserve and reactive this beautiful public park.

Next steps are to explore a phased reopening of the park. Many legal matters involving safety remain to be discussed including water quality, demolition and staffing. There will be follow up with all the towns and also statewide elected officials, who saw our Courant article and are interested in helping as well.

Thanks everyone!”