Unfortunately, because we are a new park, we don't have a visitors center/gift shop yet. The future visitors center will be developed into the historic brownstone buildings at 120 Huyshope Ave, Hartford, CT 06106. We have a mobile community outreach van we use as a mobile visitors center right now, keep an eye out for it at local events in Hartford.
Coltsville is developing and fundraising for it’s visitor’s center and does not have bathroom facilities at this time. Some local vendors may allow you to use their facilities and Colt Park will occasionally have port-a-potties for public use. Please keep this in mind as you arrive for programs.
Coltsville was “authorized” as a National Historical Park in 2014, but we are not an official National Park Service Unit until we are “established.” Our founding legislation laid out a list of requirements for establishment which is almost complete. As soon as the historic brownstone buildings 8 & 10 or Forge and Foundry are officially transferred to the National Park Service we will be an official Park!
However, this is a long and complex process and we have no current estimate for land transfer completion.
Congress authorizes the establishment of new national park units. A park's authorizing legislation can call for the establishment of a new unit of the national park system immediately upon enactment OR it can require that certain conditions be met (e.g., sufficient lands are acquired, certain agreements are in place) before a new park can be established as a unit of the national park system.
Until a park is formally established as a unit of the National Park System, the National Park Service role is largely limited to pursuing the work necessary to accomplish that important milestone. This involves a lot of “behind the scenes” efforts to complete the required agreements and land acquisition called for in the legislation.
During that time, NPS park managers reach out to the wider community to introduce the National Park Service and, when resources are available, undertake baseline evaluations and offer limited public programs.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes that are protective. We strive to keep our streets and parks clean but there is always a potential for typical items like sharp rocks, broken glass etc. A hat or sunscreen is also recommended as there is not much shade in the area. Currently there are no facilities, so a water bottle might also be a good idea for warm days, your preference. A camera or phone for photos is welcomed and encouraged!