Pope Park Highway #4 not only has the oddest name of any street in Hartford, it continues to supply surprises. We first checked in on this bizzarre little road back in March when we found it in disgraceful condition from people dumping garbage there. Pretty disgusting stuff. A month later we noticed Pope Park Highway had been cleaned up and featured some before and after pics on our Spring Cleaning post. A few weeks ago we drove down Pope Park Highway and noticed some gravel had been put down and it looked like some grading was being done. "That's nice" we thought as we made a mental note to return and take some pictures. We finally returned yesterday and boy were we surprised.
It appears that Pope Park Highway #4 now has a park. While it seems to us a somewhat curious place for a park, it certainly is a vast improvement over the long grass and weeds that occupied the space before. We aren't sure that the six metal things set up like Stonehenge are. It's possible that it is three tin men half buried upside down or large metal shovels on which the shovel head was put on the wrong way. Either way it's pretty cool to look at.
There are concrete steps to sit on and newly planted grass and flowers. There are benches and a walking path. The walking path extends in all the way around the area with benches throughout. From the backside one can sit on a bench and watch the traffic fly by on I-84 or look the other way into the park.
Stumbling onto this is one of the biggest surprises we've ever had here. Coming around the corner was literally a "WTF" moment. It's a cool little place in Hartford and certainly a massive improvement on what we saw here just a few months ago. Credit where credit is due, good job to whomever gets credit for this.