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New Milford >> Harrybrooke Park in New Milford is hosting its 2nd annual Scavenger Hunt in the park to raise dollars for the park. For just $5 per person, anyone can join the fun and walk the 48-acres for a chance to win prizes.

Billy Buckbee, Executive Director of Harrybrooke Park, stated, “People love to walk the park and this event provides a walk with purpose about the grounds. Last year we had about 100 people who came down with a loved one, their kids, or met new friends. It’s a great way to learn more about the park, get in those steps and have some fun in the process, while helping out a great cause.”

Harrybrooke Park is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to the preservation of the Park’s natural beauty and upkeep of the park’s facilities and the Harden House Museum. The park was given to the people of New Milford in 1965 by the late Frank Harden and is open to the public at no charge from sunrise to sunset year round.

Endowed by a trust fund, it is governed by a Board of Managers and receives no funding from the Town of New Milford nor from the state.

Donations, grants and fundraising activities help keep the park running as the trust no longer covers all the expenses.

It’s estimated at over 10,000 hours of volunteer work was contributed last year alone.

The park also features two event pavilions for groups and families to host private parties, a duck pond, nature trails, wetlands, a walking/bicycling loop, and scenic views of the Still River. The park is also home to the Harden House Museum, built in the 1940’s with a large adjoining flower garden, which can be rented for weddings and other private special occasions.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m., but there is no “shotgun start” and people can show up and register between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Buckbee additionally offered, “It’s as leisurely as you’d like it to be. Last year some groups took 3-4 hours and found every item. This year if you get half you’ll be entered to win one of 5 prizes and if all 33 questions are answered correctly, you will be entered to win a grand prize. Just one more way to make it that much more fun for everyone”

For more information, visit www.Harrybrookepark.org or call 860-799-6520.