The idea for Riverfront Recapture started in the late 1970s. Travelers executives Rory O'Neil and Jack Riege, along with some of their colleagues, gathered leaders from business, government and the community, with the goal of restoring access between the city of Hartford and the Connecticut River, which had become polluted and overgrown with trees. Over the past 30 years, the scope of the project has grown exponentially, and Riverfront Recapture has become a vital part of the Hartford community. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has been proud to support Riverfront Recapture along the way, including a $100,000 grant for start-up costs in 1982, and a $1 million "signature grant" in 1998 to build organizational capacity. The videos below show the history of Riverfront Recapture, and what it means to Hartford today.
The Riverfront, Recaptured
Featured video from our Celebration of Giving 2015
The Riverfront, Recapture: Director's Cut
Dragon Boat & Asian Festival 2015
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival 2015
Veteran's Rowing Program