To the Editor:

For the third year, Harrybrooke Park and Harden House Museum hosted “The Park after Dark - Haunted Trail and Mansion” for the last two weekends in October.

Thousands of people showed up to face their fears and take a terrifying walk in the park.

What’s unique about this event is that it provides an opportunity for multiple organizations to come together and work toward a common goal fundraiser.

A “split pot” ensures that all organizations are rewarded for their hard work.

This year Harrybrooke welcomed the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford, Wells Valley Cat Sanctuary, the Knights of Columbus, Northville Volunteer Fire Department, the New Milford Garden Club and the New Milford Lions Club.

We work all year planning this event, and it’s great to see collaborative efforts of these six organizations.

We organize the group so that we all have a say, input and feedback about what one another is doing in the trail.

We are all excited to meet again in March to make it even better and scarier.

In addition to the six groups, the park would like to thank the volunteer efforts of the Friends of Harrybrooke Park, the Leo’s Club, Gentile Tree Service and the volunteers of the New Milford Youth Agency, who did a full park sweep post event for cleanup.

We also had many individuals, not associated with any organization, who gave of their time to be part of this and for this, we thank you all so very much.

On behalf of the Board of Managers, staff and Friends of Harrybrooke volunteers, we extend our sincerest gratitude for supporting all of these great organizations from our community.

Your support of this event is support of these great groups of people who put in a great deal of work.

Harrybrooke Park provides a safe place for families and individuals alike to walk, run, ride a bike or simply sit and take in all that nature has to offer.

If you would like more information about volunteering, call 203-799-6520 or email

Billy Buckbee

Executive director

Harrybrooke Park and Harden House Museum

New Milford