HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Hartford is kicking off a week-long initiative to clean up the city's parks.
The city of Hartford is getting ready for the summer season by sprucing up all the parks, but this has been a strange 6 months for parks all over the state and especially in Hartford.
Before the sun even came up, the public works crews were up getting Hartford's Hyland Park ready for the summer. Picking up the trash and even putting out new hand-painted trash cans.
"We're also doing cleanups at Colt Park, Elizabeth Park and many of our other parks to make sure that those also are brought up to speed," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.
This kicks off a week-long celebration of the capital city's parks, but really it's been a weird 6 months.
The freak Autumn Nor'easter destroyed more than 3,000 trees in Hartford's parks.
"With the storm that we had in October there was a lot of destruction, so obviously we have a lot of new planting to get in gear," said Heather Dionne, a city Forrester.
The weeks of drought threatened to do more damage, but with this week's rain, the fields are looking lush and ready for kids to play on them.
"We really have a fabulous resource for young people to get out and get involved in leagues, and soccer programs and cricket programs and fishing programs," said Craig Mergins from the Parks Commission.
As if the parks weren't green enough, new solar powered trash cans make the space even more environmentally friendly.
"They can take on a lot more trash, which makes the parks neater," explained Hartford DPW Director Kevin Burnham. "Also, people don't tend to dump their household trash there."
It's great to have those, but if you love the art on the less high tech trash cans, there's an exhibit of oil drum art later this week. Click here to learn more.
Click here to learn more about the clean up effort.
Tuesday night many folks are making the trek home during the evening rush hour and state police have some simple advice, which is take your time.
As we approach the one year mark of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the state is spending millions of dollars to upgrade security at schools statewide. An international company with a huge operation in Connecticut is stepping up to help make many of those upgrades.
The slippery road conditions at the height of the storm led to an awful crash in Milford. A driver lost control of his car on Minuteman Drive slamming right into a house.
Ridgefield police and firefighters delivered a baby in a couple's home on Tuesday morning.
It's a story that folks are still talking about, even in the last 24 hours, we've received a dozen new calls on a story News 8 brought you last week about a woman being kicked out a court room for breastfeeding.
Holiday toys were tested for toxins and the results of a screening should grab your attention.
A few weeks ago, a Yale University professor died in a jail cell hours after being arrested by New Haven Police. Tuesday, protestors took to the streets demanding change in the way police handle cases like this one.
Tuesday morning many of you were grinding your teeth while clearing off your car to go to work. But not everyone was disappointed with the weather, a lot of kids across the state woke up to a snow day.
Stormy weather and docks don't always mix. Docks set adrift may be gone but not forgotten.
A 43-year-old Hartford man was arrested for masturbating on a bus then following a woman in New Britain last Monday.