Hartford, CT (November 14, 2007)- The Knox Parks Foundation was started by Betty Knox in 1966 when she established a trust fund to help improve the city. Using horticulture as a catalyst, Knox Parks Foundation works in partnership with residents, businesses, and government to build stronger, greener and more beautiful communities in Greater Hartford, with a special emphasis on the Capital City itself.
Following Betty Knox’s death, during the organization’s first decade, Knox developed two areas of focus- funding community development and operating greening programs. In 1976, the organization split, with the Knox Foundation continuing the funding function and the Knox Parks Foundation focusing on horticulture. From 1978 to 2000, the Knox Parks Foundation was located in the caretaker’s cottage in Hartford’s Elizabeth Park. In 2000 Knox moved its entire operation to Laurel Street when the city of Hartford undertook renovation of the cottage and its conversion to a park visitors center.
For more information, visit Knox Parks Foundation.