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Conservancy Improvements

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy is dedicated to improving Elizabeth Park and has a proven track record in the restoration and management of major projects in the Park, and in raising private funds and securing government and foundation grants for this purpose.

    Conservancy Master Plan

    In 2017, the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy adopted a Master Plan for Elizabeth Park. The Master Plan will guide development in the Park for the next 5 to 7 years. The landscape architecture firm of Anne Penniman Associates LLC developed the Master Plan for the Conservancy. The Master Plan was funded by an Ignition Grant to the Conservancy from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, as well as supplemental grant funding from the Ethel F. Donaghue Trust for Elizabeth Park.

    For a copy of the Master Plan, contact Christine Doty at cdoty@elizabethparkct.org.

    Anne Penniman and Associates has received recognition for their work on the Master Plan, including a 2018 Honor Award from the Connecticut Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects. 

    Notable recommendations contained in the Master Plan include:

    • Repurposing of the Brownstone building off the main parking lot into a Visitor Education & Welcome Center, complete with public restrooms
    • Reconfiguration of some of the parking areas near the Visitor Center to accommodate buses and visitor parking near the facility
    • Building a permanent stage on the Rose Garden lawn
    • Planting an allée of spring blooming trees coming in from the pedestrian entrance off Fern Street
    • Constructing a boardwalk along the side of the pond, and one through the wetlands area in the Western Loop
    • Constructing a grand entry from Asylum Avenue
    • Refurbishing the rhododendrons along the informal path from Prospect Avenue down to the Rose Garden and making this area into a rhododendron dell
    • Working towards uniform signage and pathways throughout the Park

    First-ever Visitor Center in Elizabeth Park

    The Elizabeth Park Conservancy is in the process of repurposing the Brownstone building off the main parking lot into a Visitor Center, and is reconfiguring and adding to the parking areas near the Visitor Center.

    The Brownstone building, built in 1938, is an historic building in Elizabeth Park located next to the main parking lot. When remodeled, this building will become the first-ever Visitor Education & Welcome Center in Elizabeth Park. The architects began work in early February 2018, drawing up designs for the remodeling and repurposing of the Brownstone building and for the additional parking adjacent to the center.

    The Visitor Center will be staffed and will be the focal point, especially for first-time visitors to Elizabeth Park, but it will also be a place where every visitor will be able to find answers to questions about the Park, obtain printed information and maps, view information on video screens and kiosks, find small souvenirs of the Park, and find public restrooms.

    Support the Visitor Center: 

    The Conservancy welcomes donors’ participation in this project, and will recognize donors, once the project is complete, on a special plaque inside the new Visitor Center.

    Visitor Center Challenge Grant – Donor Recognition Levels

     $25,000               Special Naming Opportunities

     $10,000               Benefactor

     $  5,000               Patron

     $  2,500               Supporter

     $  1,000               Friend

    If you are interested in supporting this exciting new Visitor Center project, please [click here.] Or call the Elizabeth Park Conservancy's President and CEO, Christine Doty, at 860-231-9443, ext. 102.

    Other Projects in the Master Plan:  

    If you are interested in learning more about the Master Plan recommendations and/or think that you may wish to support a recommended project, please contact Christine Doty at 860-231-9443, ext. 102.

    Past Accomplishments: Restoration & Capital Projects

    Capital improvement projects completed in the past are the following:

    In 2015 through 2017:

    • Replacement of the completely worn-out irrigation system in the main Rose Garden
    • Completion, with a formal dedication ceremony in June, 2017, of the Heritage Rose Garden
    • Completion of the “Farmstead Project” in 2015, and complete restoration of the Conservancy’s “Putnam” greenhouse
    • Rebuilding of all the 100+ wooden benches in Elizabeth Park during 2014-2016
    • During 2015, three large fountains/aerators were installed in the pond
    • Refurbishing of the Julian and Edith Eddy Rock Garden

     Achievements prior to 2015 include the following:

    • Installation of the Perennial Garden Pavilion
    • Design and installation of the Perennial Garden
    • Renovation of Pond House Café & Banquet Hall
    • Renovation of the three Lord & Burnham Greenhouses
    • Relocation of the Conservancy’s “Putnam” Greenhouse
    • Renovation of the Rose Garden Gazebo
    • Replacement of the original 1904 Rose Garden Arches, Fences, Posts