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 the 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 immediately 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.
To become "established," the legislation calls for us to accomplish three major things:
Enter into a written agreement with the City of Hartford
Enter into a written agreement with Colt Gateway LLC (the current land owner)
Acquire a donation of property for the park
We have accomplished both #1 and #2 and are diligently working through the property transfer.
In the mean time. . .
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.
The park managers are currently reaching out to the wider community to introduce the National Park Service and, when resources are available, offer limited public programs.
Unfortunately, we do not have a park stamp until the park is established.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.