A city official has confirmed that work to renovate 15 acres of Batterson Park will not begin this fall, contrary to initial plans to rehabilitate the once-popular summertime swimming spot. But the city remains committed to the project, according to Thea Montanez, the city’s chief operating officer. “While the planning and design work is moving forward, construction will not begin this fall,” she wrote. The delay could push back the targeted mid-2023 reopening of the park, which is owned and operated by Hartford, but is located between New Britain and Farmington. The confirmed construction delay comes on the heels of the summertime dissolution of the Batterson Park Conservancy, a group composed of neighbors of the park and volunteers, that planned to preserve the park’s upkeep once the renovations and improvements were complete.