Friends of Goodwin Park (FOGP)
The Holiday Light Fantasia is coming to Goodwin Park for the third season, opening on November 23 and lighting the night through January 6. Admission is $12 per car with hours from 5 - 9 Sunday through Thursday and 5 - 10 Friday and Saturday. This year the Goodwin Park Pond House will serve as a "refreshment stop" offering cocoa and other treats. For more information go to www.holidaylightfantasia.org . The Friends of Goodwin Park will again be one of the groups that volunteers at the event by providing information, handing out admission and directing traffic. If you would like to volunteer for one or more evenings please email or call president Mary McAtee. (See email and phone below.)
Social Media for FOGP: One of our priorities is to upgrade our webpage, develop a presence on Facebook and establish a blog. If you have technical skills and would like to volunteer to be part of this effort please email or call president Mary McAtee. We have great ideas, lots of ambition, but are deficient in IT and social media expertise. You can offer as little or as much time as you prefer.
Thank You: To volunteers from the Hartford Insurance Company who showed up 30 strong to help the Friends upgrade the park tennis courts. Cracks were patched and new colored coating was applied to 2 of the courts. Click here for pictures Volunteers are needed to help finish the other 2 courts. Call or email Jon Ney to volunteer at 860-296-5742 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also thanks to Maple Avenue CVS for donating water and to the Maple Avenue Subway for donating sandwiches for the volunteers.
FOGP was formed as a community group to watch over the park's maintenance and work on projects to improve the park. Click here for a brief history of the park.
Woods Path: The path through the woods that cuts off the corner at Ridge Road and Jordan Lane has finally been cleared of fallen trees from Hurricane Sandy and from a windstorm that brought down a large Pine across the path. The path has also been lined by branches from past fallen trees and has been raked clear of leaves from end to end. It is a great way to soak up a little nature in an urban area and it's also a good place to walk your dog. The lower end has a connecter path to the golf course road so that the path can be used by folks who like to walk around the park. As of July 8, 2013, Poison Ivy along the sides of the path has been sprayed. For directions to get to the path click here.
Good News: The City has finally closed the road through the park to through traffic. Barriers and signs have been installed to stop traffic from driving through the park. Additional barriers have been placed on the roadway to keep people from driving around.
New Concept Plan for park: President Mary McAtee has come up with a new concept plan for the future of Goodwin Park. Click here to read the plan.
Past projects include the installation of a flagpole at the park entrance and the installation of permanent benches around the park's walkway. FOGP has also organized community events at the park such as this year's October Fest, past years Easter Egg Hunts, and park cleanups which often are followed by picnics. Members also volunteered this year to help at the Holiday Light Fantasia. In the past we have had volunteer groups from "Heads Up Hartford," Trinity College, and St. Joseph's University come to the park and work with our members to help with flower beds, cutting trails, litter pick up and other projects. The Friends of Goodwin Park appreciates these volunteer efforts and is open to any group that would like to volunteer to help in our efforts to maintain and improve the park.
Current projects include: 1. Pushing for the return of funds by the City for enclosing the park pool. 2. Getting the increasingly foul pond by the Pond House cleaned up. Click here for City e-mail addresses to contact. 3. Taking care of the poisonous vines that are strangling the trees in the southwest section of the park. 4. Trying to keep the park maintained.
Our motto is Neighbors helping Neighbors for a better neighborhood. Anyone interested in getting involved with FOGP is invited to attend our monthly meeting held at 7 p.m. every third Monday of the month at the Pond House located near the Hubbard Road entrance to the park. (See map below) Since the park straddles the Wethersfield/Hartford line we would like to see people from both communities get involved.
The next meeting: Our next meeting will be on Monday, March 17, at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at the newly refurbished Pond House.
All meetings will be held at the Pond House (see map below for directions) unless indicated otherwise. Anyone interested in the welfare of the park is invited to attend.
For more information call President Mary McAtee at 860-655-4017 or e-mail Mary at: email@example.com
Left: Goodwin Park Pond House Below: Map of Goodwin Park