Funding awarded for improvements to historic park

July 7, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Funding has been lined up for improvements to Connecticut’s historic Colt Park.

The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. National Park Service. That money will be pooled with a $450,000 state grant and $300,000 from the city of Hartford to enhance the park’s Roberto Clemente baseball field. The project also includes renovating the north walkway access to the fields, play areas and soccer pavilion; the installation of two new softball fields and basketball courts; and the completion of the park’s loop road.

The park was gifted to the city in 1905.

The state recently awarded $10 million in bonding to upgrade the adjacent Dillon Stadium.

U.S. Rep. John Larson says the improvements will enhance the neighboring Coltsville National Historic Park.

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