December 13, 2012
TURNING POINT PARK
By: Rute Pinho, Associate Analyst
You asked about a parcel of land conveyed by the state to the city of Hartford, commonly known as Turning Point Park. You want to know whether there are any restrictions on the property that would prevent a neighborhood group from establishing a park there.
The Office of Legislative Research is not authorized to provide legal opinions and this report should not be considered one.
There appear to be no restrictions on the property that would prevent a neighborhood group from establishing a park there. But since the city of Hartford owns the property, the group would need to work with city officials to do so.
SA 90-37, as amended by PA 92-15 May Special Session, PA 00-168, and SA 03-19, required the Department of Transportation commissioner to convey the 2.4 acre parcel to the city of Hartford. The acts allow the city to use the property for (1) economic development purposes, (2) a combined fire and police department headquarters, (3) fire department headquarters, (4) police department headquarters, or (5) park purposes. If the property is not used for one of these enumerated purposes, it reverts back to the state.
Amy Martinez, supervising property agent for the DOT's Office of Rights of Way, provided us with a map, deed, and closing report for the property. We attach these documents for your further review. As the deed indicates, the property was conveyed on October 8, 2003 and is subject to the use restrictions noted above. While there are easements on the property for drainage pipes, utilities, and a slope adjacent to Interstate 84, there appear to be no other restrictions that would preclude a park on the site.