The KNOX planters arrived in West Hartford’s Bishops Corner neighborhood last week, and a group gathered Tuesday morning for a dedication.
By Ronni Newton
The blooming of Bishops Corner, and the official start of summer, is cause for celebration and on Tuesday morning the Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association thanked the families and businesses that sponsored the 16 planters that now beautify the streetscape along North Main.
KNOX delivered the planters last week, on the first day of summer, and under the sponsorship agreement will water and maintain the plantings, and replace the plants in the fall.
“This is the second year we’ve had these planters and we’re really excited about having them again this year,” Bishops Corner Neighborhood Association Board Chair Bob Fressola told a small crowd that gathered on North Main Street Tuesday morning for the dedication.
“I think the overwhelming response of both residents and businesses has been that it really adds a dynamic to the neighborhood, so we’re really excited about it,” Fressola said. He said he had been getting calls throughout the spring, wondering if the planters were going to return this year.
“It couldn’t happen without all of you,” he said.
Several sponsors joined Fressola on Tuesday morning, including Mayor Shari Cantor, Gina Marino of the West Hartford Senior Center, Bob Macca of Macca Plumbing & Heating, Doug Pyne of Whole Foods, David Goldberg of Companions for Living, and John Tunsky of TO Design.
Other businesses that sponsored planters include Edens; Abby Dabby; Susan Brine of Raveis Real Estate; Connecticut Center for Oral, Facial, and Implant Surgery; The Mercy Community; and Anytime Fitness. In addition, several area residents also sponsored planters including Becky Webber, the Fierston family, Jack Bass, and Michael Levinson.
“It was really nice to see both businesses and residents involved to see these planters return,” Fressola said.
“Next year we plan to expand even further,” said Fressola. “Next year we hope to grow the program to include Albany Avenue as well.”
KNOX planters have already arrived or will soon be arriving in the Elmwood and Park Road neighborhoods as well as in the Home Design District.
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