Residents celebrated a revived and renovated Charter Oak Park on Wednesday.
Upgrades that cost a total of about $2 million include new playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, a revamped softball field, a “music garden” and newly paved parking lot and walkways. The park off Charter Oak Street had not been refurbished since the 1970s, town officials said. The garden includes nine playable instruments installed among freshly planted trees, shrubs and flowers. The all-weather instruments look like variations of xylophones, chimes, and drums. Made of aluminum, fiberglass and other durable materials, they are designed for “immediate gratification” and to foster confidence in the ability to play music, according to the manufacturer, Freenotes Harmony Park.