ABOUT COLT PARK FOUNDATION
Colt Park - Samuel Colt Memorial, Colt Park
Colt Park is a city park in the southeast Hartford, Connecticut neighborhood of Sheldon/Charter Oak. The park was established by the former Armsmear Estate of Samuel Colt and Elizabeth Jarvis Colt and gifted to the city upon her death in 1905. Today the 107 acres park is home to playgrounds, sports fields, a skating rink and Dillon Stadium. Colt Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 8, 1976, designated as part of the Colt Industrial District, valued for its association with industrialist Samuel Colt. It is bounded by Wawarme, Wethersfield, Hendricsen, Van Dyke Avenues and Stonington, Maseek and Sequassen Streets.
The grounds were originally developed in High Victorian Gothic style, and served as Colt's exclusive "pleasure-grounds." It was complete with large reflecting pools, rustic furnishings, fountains, urns, statuary, artificial ponds for fish and foul, a deer park, orchards, fields and more.
Pope Park and Colt Park were the last major additions to the City of Hartford Parks System in 1898 and 1905, respectively. The two parks were intended to serve the traditionally working-class Hartford neighborhoods of Frog Hollow, Parkville, and Front Street.
The current amenities at Colt Park need renovations
Colt Park - 107.58 acres - 2 Outdoor Pools, 2 Playscapes, 1 Track, 1 Spray Pool, 2 Handball / Racquet Ball Courts, 2 Swing Sets, 2 Basketball Courts, 2 Soccer Fields, 3 Baseball Diamonds, 7 Softball Diamonds, 2 Football Fields.