Bushnell Park

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Bushnell Park information

Hartford , USA
+1 860 232 6710
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The Capitol overlooks the 37-acre Bushnell Park, the first public park in the US built with taxpayers money. It was designed by Jacob Weidenmann and opened in 1861. Weidenmann's unique vision – an informal, natural style – broke from the traditional New England central green, and included 157 varieties of trees and shrubs from around North America, Europe and East Asia. In July, the park hosts the nation's longest running free jazz concert series (www.hartfordmondaynightjazz.com).

Over time, additions were made to the park, including the Gothic Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch , which frames the Trinity St entrance and is accessible only by tour (check the website for dates). The Tudor-style Pump House Gallery features exhibits by local artists and the Bushnell Park Carousel delights children with a vintage 1914 merry-go-round designed by Stein and Goldstein.