Friends of Keney Park receives $215,000 grant from Hartford Foundation to support hiring an executive director

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A $215,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will enable the Friends of Keney Park to hire an executive director for the first time.

“We are so pleased that the Hartford Foundation has acknowledged our vision for Keney Park through this grant award,” said Miriam Roane, co-vice chair of Friends of Keney Park’s Board of Directors. “This grant will support our efforts to ensure that residents, holders and partners will be able to enjoy the great quality of life and benefits that the Park offers.”

Located in Hartford’s North End, Keney Park is the city’s largest park and includes playing fields, woods, a golf course and meadows. Created in 1896 and with nearly 700 acres, it is one of the largest municipal parks in New England. The park is built on land given to the city by Henry Keney, a wealthy grocery wholesaler, in 1893. It was designed by the renowned firm of Olmsted, Olmsted, & Eliot.

“The incredible volunteers at Friends of Keney Park have accomplished a great deal over the past several decades to build partnerships, raise resources and improve Keney Park for the enjoyment of Hartford residents,” said Hartford Foundation Senior Community Impact Officer Erika Frank. “The Foundation is pleased to provide this grant which will give the organization additional capacity to take on high impact projects.”

Over the next three years the Friends of Keney Park says it will work to increase the number of residents utilizing the park, promote volunteerism in park projects, increase investment in the park, and increase engagement with park stakeholders.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding towns. The foundation has awarded grants of more than $849 million since its founding in 1925.

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