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Walnut Hill Rededication Planned

There is reason to celebrate in the City. Mayor Timothy Stewart, along with the New Britain Parks and Recreation and Public Works Commissions have announced the Grand Re-Opening of Walnut Hill Park will take place on Wednesday, June 29 from 5:30-9 p.m. The park has been under construction to repair underground drainage issues which also entailed the complete rebuild of the baseball, softball, cricket, and little league fields.

Mayor Timothy T. Stewart said, “We are very pleased to have been able to use some of the City’s storm water bond to repair the drainage issues that have plagued Walnut Hill Park for the last 25 years. The Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments have done a wonderful job of working collaboratively to ensure one of the City’s greatest jewels received the face-lift it needed.”

“If you have not been through Walnut Hill Park recently, I highly recommend stopping by,” said Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jamie Giantonio. “You will find thousands of people enjoying all the different aspects of the park throughout the day.”

Public Works Director Mark Moriarty said, “Realizing Walnut Hill was designed by World Famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, we hired an architectural/engineering firm that we knew would be able to handle the intricate drainage work involved as well as keeping the historical intent of the park. I commend BETA Engineering for a job well done.”

The City’s Director of Parks and Recreation Bill DeMaio added, “When you add this work to the recently completed Rose Garden, rehabilitated tennis courts and pillars, new park maintenance building, and installation of new lights around the walking loop, this park is truly one of the nicest in the Country. We are very thankful to all those involved in making these projects happen. I applaud both Phil Barlow from TO Design and Colossale Construction for their outstanding efforts.”

The re-opening will kick-off with a series of ribbon cutting ceremonies as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m.- Softball field
  • 5:45p.m.-Baseball field
  • 6 p.m.- Tennis courts
  • 6:15 p.m.-Cricket Field
  • 6:30 p.m.- Little League Field

Games will take place on all the fields immediately following the respective ribbon cuttings.

From 7-9 p.m., a live concert by the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast will take place at the beautiful Darius Miller Band Shell. Immediately preceding the concert, Mayor Stewart will read a proclamation declaring the Grand Re-opening of the park. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast is a thirty-five member unit attached to Massachusetts State Headquarters. They are supported by the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base but physically located at Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters in Milford, MA. The mission of the band is to support Air Force recruiting, public relations and direct support to the units of the Massachusetts Air National Guard and all Air National Guard units in New England and New York.

The band performs an average of forty engagements a year. These performances include parades, military balls, radio broadcasts, summer park concerts, television specials, formal evening concerts and military ceremonies. The band is seen and heard by over a million and a half people yearly.

For more information on this or other exciting Parks and Recreation Department programs, please call 860-826-3360 or visit us on the web at www.newbritainct.gov/recnpark.