Rotary Club of Hartford


No. 21

March 30, 2015
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
It is with great pleasure that I reach out to you today to inform you about a Rotary Spring volunteer project. As coordinator for this project, I have contacted the Knox Parks Foundation to partner on a community garden beautification project. As some of you may recall, last year we prepared garden beds for planting at the Earle Street Community Garden in North Hartford. This year, the Knox Parks Foundation’s May project is to create a new flower bed landscape at the base of the Keney Clock Tower located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street in North Hartford on Saturday, May 16.
Hartford’s Keney Memorial Clock Tower and the small park surrounding it were donated by the Keney brothers in the late 19th century to honor their mother. The Tower is 130 feet tall and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A restoration by the City of Hartford in the 1990’s included replacing gold leaf on the clock face, site improvements and the installation of computerized chimes in the tower.
The Keney Memorial Clock Tower is the gateway to the North Hartford community. This project will create a beautiful and welcoming garden for residents and visitors to enjoy. It will be part of the positive redevelopment activities that are turning this neighborhood into a thriving and vibrant community.
I hope you will consider volunteering to help create a spectacular flower garden at one of the most historic places in Hartford that everyone can enjoy. I have outlined below specific information about the project:
  • Date: Saturday, May 16
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Keney Clock Tower, North Hartford. Parking is available on Ely Street which is next to the Clock Tower.
  • Work to be performed: creating a new flower garden landscape…cutting beds, preparing soil for planting, planting flowers and mulching.
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • Tools will be provided, but you can bring your own (make sure your tools are clearly marked with your name). Knox Park Foundation will not be responsible for lost tools.
  • Attire: wear work clothes, pants (no shorts) and old shoes/sneakers (no flip flops)…you will get dirty.
  • Bring bug spray and sunscreen
  • RSVP: looking for at least 20 volunteers; youth can volunteer, but must be supervised by an adult. Contact Sue Joyse at by May 1.
  • Weather: Event will continue in light rain. If event is cancelled due to heavy rain, I will contact you via email.
Thank you so much for your consideration, and I look forward to seeing you on May 16!