February 20, 2019

Permanent performance stage pitched for Elizabeth Park

Rendering | TO Design LLC
Rendering | TO Design LLC
A rendering of the proposed performance stage at West Hartford's Elizabeth Park.

A permanent performance and ceremony stage is being plotted for West Hartford's Elizabeth Park.

New Britain landscape architect firm TO Design LLC, on behalf of the city of Hartford, in January submitted a permit application to the town for inland wetlands and watercourses activity at the park located at 1563 Asylum Ave.

The 83-acre park, owned by the city of Hartford, contains about 14 acres of wetland and watercourses, according to TO Design's project narrative.

Site plans call for building a new stage consisting of a concrete platform and overhead structure, in addition to a walkway and stairs to access the stage.

West Hartford zoning officials are expected to approve the project in March, with construction beginning after this summer's concert series in August.

The exact cost of the project, funded by a local donar who asked to be unnamed for this story, is still undetermined, officials said Wednesday.

The stage location, north of the park's touted rose garden, has housed a temporary platform for a summer concert series over the last 15-plus years.

A 2017 master plan developed by the Elizabeth Park Conservancy prioritized several future improvements at the park, including erecting a permanent performance structure.

This story has been updated

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