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MAYOR SEGARRA ANNOUNCES FIVE-YEAR COLTSVILLE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

(September 11, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that a five-year agreement with the National Park Service for the management of the Coltsville National Historical Park will go before the City Council on Monday, September 14, 2015. Under the agreement, the City of Hartford will be responsible for providing adequate parking for visitors on City-owned parking facilities, restoring and maintaining the exteriors of historic Colt-era structures in Colt Park and assuring that City-owned land within the park is administered and managed consistent with the purposes and intent of legislation agreements creating the park, among other stipulations. The agreement is one of the final steps toward establishing the Coltsville National Historical Park, a process that may be completed by late this year or early next year.

“I’m glad to see us moving closer toward establishing Coltsville National Historical Park. The once-thriving firearms factory played a significant role in our country’s history and deserves to be restored to a place of prominence where residents and visitors can learn from and appreciate it. I want to thank all the partners who worked hard on this historic project especially Congressman John Larson and our entire Connecticut Delegation,” said Mayor Segarra.

"This is a tremendous step towards finalizing Coltsville's recognition as one of our newest National Historical Parks. I commend Mayor Segarra for all his hard work throughout this process. This has been years in the making, and Hartford richly deserves recognition for its cultural and historical impact on Connecticut and our nation,” said Congressman Larson.

The Colt Gateway was the home of Samuel and Elizabeth and the site of the Colt Factory where the nation’s first revolver was manufactured. Coltsville was named a National Historic Landmark in 2008, an initiative spearheaded by Congressman Larson. In December of 2014, the U.S. Senate approved a bill in that will make Colstville a National Park. The designation will further restore the Colt complex and is estimated to generate $150 million for the regional economy and to create 1,000 jobs over the next five years.

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