Pope Park is a historic park that was originally designed by Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects for Colonel Albert Pope, the local businessman who donated 91 acres to the City for the workers of his bicycle factory to enjoy.  Shadley Associates worked with the City of Hartford, the Pope Hartford Designated Fund and the Friends of Pope Park to program, design and implement phased improvements based on the Pope Park Master Plan.  Led by Pam Shadley while with another firm, the Master Plan won a 2004 Planning Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.  Since then, Shadley Associates has designed and worked on three construction phases.  The first phase focused on park entry and included new brick piers, ornamental metal fencing, brick pavement and a wide entry promenade facing a vista across the park to the pond.  ADA-compliant walkways into the park were carefully graded to address the 20 feet of vertical grade change while preserving the trees planted by the Olmsted plan.  The second phase of construction removed Pope Park Drive and created a new, multi-use walkway, now part of the Little River Greenway.  It included a new park entrance, a new universally accessible walkway and courtyard to the Recreation Center, new parking areas that avoid disturbance to major trees, and supporting park benches, lights and signage.  The third phase created a new, fully accessible playground and a new accessible route around one end of the park.

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