The reunion of Hartford with the majestic Connecticut River is a key component of the downtown Hartford development strategy. Just as the Adriaen's Landing development is being built to generate activity near the river, funds are committed to the ongoing effort by the organization Riverfront Recapture to create pedestrian links directly to this valuable natural resource.
A portion of CCEDA's $25 million riverfront fund was applied to Riverfront Recapture's construction of a pedestrian walkway connecting Constitution and Phoenix Plaza to Riverfront Plaza, and Riverwalk Downtown, which offer stunning views and pedestrian passage to, along and across the river.
These projects have been extremely beneficial to the respective efforts of CCEDA and Riverfront Recapture to provide additional access points to the riverfront and complement the revitalization efforts relative to the Colt Manufacturing property and in the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood. State funds also support the connection of Riverfront Plaza south to Charter Oak Landing and north to Riverside Park, as well as the Colt Neighborhood Gateway project, providing access to the river from Van Dyke Avenue.