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Rosemary D
567 Fern Street
(Fernridge Park)
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the project

Friends of Fernridge Park, Inc. is a neighborhood-based 501(c)(3) that works with the Town of West Hartford to maintain and enhance Fernridge Park, the town's busiest park.  The Friends has adopted a long-term vision for the park and is working to implement elements of that vision beginning with the creation of a new circular path in the middle of the park to replace paths that were deteriorating or left unfinished after a new pool was installed several years ago.  When completed, the new path--The Promenade--will also unify existing paths leading into the park and create an exciting new element for activity and leisure.

Two-thirds of the path was installed last summer, funded equally by Friends of Fernridge Park and the town.  Now, Friends of Fern is responsible for landscaping the Promenade. We would like to install benches and trees along the Promenade, a newly repaved entrance into the park, and a new, path that leads from the tennis courts to this entry path. 

Thanks to a $2,000 donation from Trout Brook Landscaping and a matching grant from SustainableCT (, a statewide municipal support organization, we have raised $10,000 to buy 30 trees, which will be planted in a few weeks, weather permitting, or next spring. Now we are looking for your support to purchase benches to place under those trees to provide a shady spot for people to gather to chat, read, and enjoy the park's many beauties.  Each bench costs $2,500 to purchase and install on the concrete pad the town requires. Each has space for a plaque that you can customize to honor a loved one.  If $2,500 is too much for your budget, for $1,500 you can purchase a customized plaque on half a bench. Or, you can leave a lasting legacy to future generations of park goers with a donation of any amount.

The pictures above illustrate how YOUR bench could look.

the steps

  1. Select appropriate trees for planting - November 2019
  2. Make intial tree purchase - early December 2019
  3. Plant first group of trees - by December 31, 2019
  4. Plant remainder of trees - Spring 2020

why we're doing it

FOR GENERATIONS, FAMILIES HAVE GATHERED in Fernridge Park to swim, picnic, play tennis and baseball, swing and clamber on playgrounds, ride the turtle, or just relax in the shade with a good book or a good friend.

Fernridge’ Park's natural beauty is a community asset, providing invaluable open space and enriching quality of life.  It offers a place to play and relax throughout the year and contributes to a broad, diversified sense of community.

Today, Friends of Fernridge Park is working hard to preserve, promote and improve the park. In collaboration with town officials and with input from the community, we developed a long-term vision for the park that will thoughtfully guide future development — ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy this West Hartford jewel.

Last summer, the Town of West Hartford, aided by a $20,000 donation from Friends of Fernridge Park, took the first step toward implementing that vision. It constructed new paths to allow better access from parking lots and neighborhoods as well as a promenade that organizes the park by creating a central core and unifying the areas dedicated to ecological and recreational uses.  As part of this project we want to line the paths with trees that flower in springtime, provide shade in summer, and offer dazzling fall colors.  We also want to install benches around the Promenade and along the paths so that visitors can relax, read, and people watch in comfort. Trout Brook Landscaping, a local contractor and neighbor, has generously given us seed money to start the planting trees.

The partially completed Promenade has been well received by the community; imagine the delight when neighbors and friends can appreciate the beauty, shade, and relaxation that new trees and benches offer.


Disbursement 2:

Goes towards 2 benches at $2,500 each

TOTAL RAISED = $600.00
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $18.00

Disbursed Budget:

31 trees at $340 each=$10,540

TOTAL RAISED = $10,898.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $171.75

Updated budget:

the additional $5,000 is for 2 benches at $2,500 each

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $465
TOTAL TO RAISE = $15,500

Original Budget:

We want to purchase 30 trees at an estimated $340 each (30 x 340=10,200) 2 to 2.5-inch diameter "balled and burlapped" deciduous trees at wholesale.  Trout Brook Landscaping, a local contractor, has given us $2000 towards the project.  Friends of Fernridge Park through IOBY needs to raise the remaining $8000.

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $310
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,345


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