Thirty-eighty members of Reynolds & Rowella LLP donated a Day of Caring on Aug. 14 to improve the grounds of Tarrywile Park, a 722-acre estate in Danbury.
Reynolds & Rowella's efforts represent close to 300 hours of volunteering.
The scope of work included foliage trimming along 2.5 miles of hiking trails and laying three truckloads of new gravel along pathways in the children's garden. Employees and partners also tackled garden weeding and area clean-up around the gazebo.
The firm donated a park bench of recycled material to be placed in the gazebo.
"The work done by your staff has my utmost respect," said Becky Burr-Petro, Tarrywile's executive director. "While we have other volunteers who donate their time individually, it is amazing what 38 people can do during the course of one day. Sam Crews, our buildings and grounds foreman, remarked that yours was one of the best teams of volunteers he has ever worked with."
The Tarrywile Park Authority oversees the management of the park and 16 buildings, including a 23-room mansion built in 1896. The city of Danbury purchased the estate in 1985 and Tarrywile opened to the public as a community center in 1990. Acreage has been added and a master plan approved in 2004 by the Danbury Common Council. Buildings on the property have been renovated, while the greenhouse serves as a horticultural learning center for Danbury High School students.
Reynolds & Rowella began its Day of Caring program in 2010 and has volunteered services on behalf of the Danbury Women's Shelter, Amos House and Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights Inc. The firm encourages all of its employees to volunteer in their own communities, an example set by each of the firm's six partners.
Reynolds & Rowella is a 44-person audit, accounting and consulting firm that has offices in Ridgefield and New Canaan.