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Celebration of Hartford’s Parks Part 4 – Goodwin Park

Walking trails were recently created in the “wooded” southern/Wethersfield end of the park and can be accessed on Jordan Lane and Ridge Road.

Goodwin Park, with its wide roads, was the home of Hartford’s Holiday Light Fantasia for 10 years. Visitors would come from near and far to be entertained by the extravagant light displays and the holiday music playing on a special channel on their car radio as they drove slowly through the park on a cold winter’s night in the South End of Hartford. Absent since 2007, local companies are working together to bring Fantasia back to Goodwin Park this year (2011).

Trivia: In 1918, when airmail first came to Hartford, the City did not have a suitable site for the planes to use as a landing field. From 1918 to 1921, the fields at Goodwin Park were used as a landing site for these first airmail planes. In 1921, two young men were killed landing in barnstorming field at Goodwin Park. This accident prompted the then Mayor, Newton C. Brainard, to build a real landing field, now called Brainard Airport, 2.5 miles east of Goodwin Park.

Goodwin Park offers something for everyone. So take a ride down to Goodwin Park; go for a swim, stroll around the park, play ball, or tee off for a round or two.


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