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Elizabeth Park Repairs Getting Started

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Repairs are getting underway, for a landmark rose garden near the Hartford-West Hartford town line.

Friends of Elizabeth Park director Karen Tomasko says October’s big snow storm damaged the garden.

“We had eight signature rose arches crumple,” Tomasko said. “They are 108 years old.

“These are the rose arches you walk undr in the summer,” Tomasko said.  “They have climbing roses on them.”

Tomasko says the arches will be restored to match the century-old originals, with red cedar columns, and supporting metal laticework overhead.

Money is being raised to rebuild the arches.  Metal fabrication work is starting, and a contract has been signed with a company that will replaces the arches. The work is expected to cost about $35,000.

The roses are expected to surivive and be placed back on the arches.

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