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Coltsville another step closer to becoming a national park

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A five-year agreement with the National Park Service involving a historical park in Hartford is set to go before the city council.

The council will take up management of the Coltsville National Historical Park on Monday.

Under the agreement, the city will be responsible for providing adequate parking for visitors in city-owned parking facilities, according to Mayor Pedro Segarra.

It will also have to restore and maintain the exteriors of the Colt-era structures in Cold Park as well as assure that city-owned land within it is properly managed.

Segarra called the agreement a step towards establishing the 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," Segarra said in a statement. "I want to thank all the partners who worked hard on this historic project especially Congressman John Larson and our entire Connecticut delegation."

Larson said it was a tremendous step.

"I commend Mayor Segarra for all his hard work throughout this process," he said. "This has been years in the making, and Hartford richly deserves recognition for its cultural and historical impact on Connecticut and our nation."

The Gold Gateway was the home of Samuel and Elizabeth and the site of the Colt Factory, where the nation's first revolver was manufactured. The area was named a historic landmark in 2008.

Last year, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that will make the area a national park.

The whole park process may be completed by the end of this year or early next year, Segarra said.

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