The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk is named in honor of Riverfront Recapture’s long time CEO, Joe Marfuggi. Post-retirement, and until his passing in October of 2018, he remained an involved and dedicated member of the organization as a committee member, volunteer, donor, and ambassador.
With both vision and the ability to bring people of all cultures, interests and ages together at the waters edge, his humility and persistence will be honored and his story is one that needs to be documented. The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk is to be a celebration of Riverfront Recapture’s successes. While Joe didn’t like the spotlight, his widow Sherry Brown-Marfuggi encouraged this public recognition in a way that Joe will feel tells the story not solely of his efforts, but those of all who’ve connected with the river. Sherry spearheaded fundraising toward these amenities until her recent passing.
The organization and its parks would not be what they are today without Joe’s hard work, vision, and dedication. The Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk embodies his insight, vision, and passion for the region. The riverwalk and its two distinct paths will connect people and the region to the Connecticut River and Riverfront Recapture's new park.
Historic Riverside Park
In 1895 the City of Hartford purchased and leased a total of 75 acres for the establishment of Riverside Park. In 1898, the park was designed by the landscape firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, Hartford native and renowned park designer. The park opened in 1899, as a recreational space for nearby residents. One of the parks most popular amenities was the wading pool.
The entrance to the Joe Marfuggi Riverwalk will be located next to the Riverfront Boathouse, extending 2.5 miles, creating connections to downtown Hartford and East Hartford, and to Windsor, South Windsor, and Keney Park through our future park.