Hidden Valley Nature Center is 3.4 acres of wetlands and wooded hillside nestled between the town’s Meeting House Hill School and the High School. Approximately one mile of self guided trails wind around and through the valley of oak, maple and hickory trees. These, along with many varieties of bushes and low lying flora, provide habitat for deer, skunk, opossum, raccoon and gray squirrels. As many as 160 species of birds have been sighted in the valley and pond. A man made pond is home to turtles, a few species of fish, frogs and toads along with other aquatic animals. A self guided tour brochure may be obtained at the center. There is a small museum, pavilion, lecture circle along with rest areas along the trails. An observation deck juts out into the pond.
New Fairfield Parks and Recreation and the New Fairfield Land Trust jointly oversee the programs at Hidden Valley. Each year programs such as maple sugaring, herb walks, ecological discussions, bird watching, tree identification walks, etc. are offered at the Center. The New Fairfield Boy Scouts with the help of the New Fairfield Lions Club donate countless hours of labor to maintain this preserve for generations to come.
New Fairfield’s Community Park is a complex located at the entrance to New Fairfield High School. There are two soccer fields, a softball field, a bocci court, a creative playground and picnic area. A volleyball pit is being planned. Adding handicap access and new equipment to the creative playground is also in the future planning. The Community Park is extensively used by the residents of New Fairfield - from the littlest toddler enjoying the swings to the adults playing soccer or softball on the fields.
Located on the corner of Williams and Barnum Roads there is a tranquil pond - summer home to a multitude of ducks, frogs, goldfish and geese. The Community Service Club lovingly tends to the beautiful landscaping which includes gardens and benches to rest on and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Most afternoons you can join young parents with their little ones to feed the ducks or watch the goldfish.
Then winter arrives at Williams Pond - The area is transformed into a skating area. The noise level increases and the activity speeds up as the young hockey players and skaters take over the area. The pond is monitored by the town to determine if the ice is thick enough to be safe.