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I nhabiting a city of nearly 125,000 people, in a state that's among the most densely populated in the country, residents of Hartford know all about urban living. But their experience also includes access to numerous parks and recreation areas, some along the Connecticut River waterfront and many dating all the way back to the 19th century, including one designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Many of Connecticut's 139 state parks and forests are also a short trip away. Hartford's riverfront parks, according to the city's Parks and Recreation webpage, are Charter Oak Landing, which features a couple of nesting eagles; Great River Park, with a 350-seat amphitheater and a public boat launch; Victorian-era Riverside Park, home to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse and miles of unpaved trails through floodplain forest; and Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, centerpiece of the Riverfront Recapture park system. Natural abundance BY PAULA WOLF IN AND AROUND HARTFORD, PARKS AND GREEN SPACE ARE WITHIN EASY REACH 46 HBJ HARTFORD LIVE WORK PLAY

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