HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The City of Hartford is launching a new program aimed at getting kids outside this summer.

DominGO is an open streets program that will temporarily turn some of the Capital City’s normally bustling streets into safe public spaces where people can gather without any cars.

The streets will temporarily close for four Sundays this summer (June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, and Sept. 25) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

After two years of COVID-19, Mayor Luke Bronin said it’s important to bring the community together in new and exciting ways.

“A more connected community is a healthy community,” Bronin said. “A more active community is a healthier community. A more walkable community is a healthier community, and so this DominGO open streets initiative fits squarely in this mission of creating healthier communities right here in Hartford.”

On these DominGO days, businesses along each of the routes will spill out into these public spaces, allowing for increased interaction with attendees.

The City of Hartford, in partnership with Hartford HealthCare, is also working with neighborhood associations, business organizations, and our civic institutions to develop programming and activities that celebrate the community.

The DominGO team will hold four open houses to discuss the initiatives, allowing residents and business owners to share feedback and ask questions:

  • Tuesday, April 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Thomas Hooker Live (1 Sequassen St., Hartford)
  • Monday, April 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Parkville Market (1400 Park St., Hartford)
  • Tuesday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at EcoSpace (226 Farmington Ave., Hartford)
  • Monday, May 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Vibz Uptown (3155 Main St., Hartford)

DominGO will impact a number of city streets including Farmington Avenue and parts of North Main Street.

A full schedule is listed here.