March 12, 2014

City's Keney, Goodwin links to get facelifts

This is an updated version of an earlier report.

The first of Hartford's two public golf courses will reopen this spring with a new operator, and both courses will soon undergo extensive facelifts, the city says.

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra said Wednesday the city signed a $150,000 contract Feb. 24 with the Connecticut chapter of the Professional Golf Association (CT PGA) to operate and maintenance of the Goodwin Park Golf Course in the city's South End.

Meantime, Hartford nonprofit The Knox Parks Foundation will play a major role in Goodwin's restoration, including hiring workers, the city said.

"Delivering the services Hartford residents expect and deserve is critical to us becoming one of America's Best Capital Cities," Segarra said in a statement. "Restoring these golf courses is a step in that direction and I'm pleased to be working with experts like the CT PGA to make sure best practices are followed every step of the way."

At Keney Park, in the city's North End, the city teamed with Dusenberry Design Inc. to create a draft repair and restoration master plan, authorities said. Permits have been filed with the city and neighboring Windsor to begin work.

Dusenberry Design's contract is for $277,000, the city said.

Bridgeport's Rodriguez Associates has been hired to design structural repairs for the clubhouse, maintenance facility and cart barn.

Keney Park as a whole is currently undergoing substantial maintenance work, including tree removal, underbrush clearing and trash pickup. The efforts, along with work on the golf facilities, will continue throughout 2014, with the course scheduled to open for play by spring of 2015.

The pricetag for both renovations wasn't immediately available from the city Wednesday.

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