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Winterfest Hartford in Danger of Not Opening This Season Due to Lack of Funding

Bushnell Park skating in 2019. Courtesy image (we-ha.com file photo)

Organizers are seeking funds to close funding gap due to pandemic.


The iQuilt Partnership announced Monday that the Winterfest Skating Rink in Bushnell Park is in danger of not returning this year because of a substantial cut-back in funding due to the current health pandemic. Organizers are 40% of the way to their goal, and hope to close the $135,000 gap in financing this year with donations from additional corporate sponsors, local foundations, and individuals.

Winterfest Hartford has brought free ice skating, free skate rentals, and free learn-to-skate lessons to Bushnell Park for the past 10 years. If the funding goals are met, the 11th season will open on November 27, 2020..

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to bring this amazing family activity back to the capital city without additional financial support,” said iQuilt Partnership Executive Director Jackie Mandyck. “We believe that this outdoor, COVID-19 compliant event is needed more than ever, and we are hopeful that once again, the community will step up and support this great Hartford tradition.”

To donate, go online winterfesthartford.com or mail a check to Winterfest Hartford, c/o The iQuilt Partnership, 31 Pratt Street, 5th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103.

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