Lozada Park, fills a 2.80 acre square city block, it is located in Clay Hill one of Hartford’s historically immigrant neighborhoods. It was added to the park system on August 8th, 1979 in memory of the death of 12-year-old Julio Lozada, a victim of the city’s decay. The park’s open space is fairly level, and a spray pool and playscape can be found in the southeast corner.
Traces of the reactionary Clay Hill Puerto Rican population can still be appreciated. Clay Hill may still contain much of the city’s deteriorated abandoned buildings, but it is a vibrant close-knit community bustling with energy. People walk in and out of the bodegas, mothers on their way to appointments wait at the bus stop with their children, men fix cars in the street, and musicblares from the windows, restaurants emanate the smells of home.
The mixed architectural style of the district is composed of Italianate, Queen Anne, and Neo-Classical Revival has placed this community on the register of historic neighborhoods. Clay Hill/Arsenal is culturally rich but economically deprived, as progress seems to have largely passed the Lozada Park neighborhood by, and it appears to be frozen in time.
The cause of death of 12-year-old Julio Lozada marked an extremely important era in the quality of life and politics for the Puerto Rican community in Hartford. The Lozada Park space is an important statement made by the Puerto Rican population: we are here to stay and the city will have to deal with us. Lozada Park reflects a small victory that emerged from a horrific and senseless tragedy.