At 722 acres, Tarrywile Park is the largest municipally owned town Park in the State of Connecticut and the answer to any nature lover’s dream. The Park offers fields and meadows giving way to spectacular views, dense forests of hemlock, oak and maple, steep hillsides punctuated by dramatic outcrops of granite, and glistening streams and ponds. There are twenty-one miles of cleared hiking trails and several picnic areas. The Park allows opportunities for observing wildlife and enjoying the scenery or an aggressive workout on rugged terrain. There are also many activities that the park is home to, such as, National Trails Day, StoryWalk, Boy Scout and Girl Scout events. Several area high schools use the park as their home course for cross-country meets. The Tarrywile Park Authority and staff, which manage the Park for the City of Danbury, are proud to offer most Park events free of charge. New program opportunities are offered and are published in the Calendar of Events which is available on our website at www.tarrywile.com
Within the boundaries of Tarrywile Park stand both the Tarrywile Mansion and Hearthstone Castle. These structures are listed on the National Register for Historic Preservation. The Mansion is a community center for the City of Danbury where many meetings, weddings and social events are held. It is surrounded by formal gardens, an orchard and beautiful specimen trees. A children’s garden is located along the Mansion front lawn and is the site of many an exploration by youngsters and families. An adaptive reuse study has been completed for Hearthstone Castle through a grant from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation and a Castle Task Force has been set up to look into the possibility of restoration of this magnificent structure. This year, another grant has been awarded to the City and we will be seeking Stabilization Construction Plans & Bid Documents through a bid process.
Many folks are surprised to hear that the 722 acres of land and seventeen buildings are cared for by a staff of only five; 2 full time and 3 part-time employees. Their responsibilities range from mowing lawns, snow plowing, garden maintenance, booking Mansion events, fundraising, building maintenance, just to name a few duties.
The staff works very closely with many volunteers who help to maintain the Park including Eagle Scouts, Girl and Boy Scouts, Volunteer Hike Leaders, as well as corporations and those looking to complete community service hours. Without the help of these fine volunteers, we would not be able to maintain this Park as the largest municipally owned Park in the State of Connecticut. We send out a big round of applause to all of our volunteers for their efforts no matter how large or small. Our motto is “many hands make light work.”
Consider the Mansion for your next event, whether it is a business meeting, retreat, birthday party, wedding bar/bat mitzvah or a shower. There are affordable rates for weekday and weekend rentals. We hope if you have not already visited the Park, you will come and do so. It is a great gem in our community and we hope to share it with you.