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50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

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Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Dunning Lake Playground Project


View a glimpse of the new playground here

Dunning Lake Playground Project – Winding Trails continues to honor our promise to complete the 10 -Year Master Plan for Dunning Lake Beach and Picnic Area. With your help, we have plans to replace the playground at the beach in 2022. This playground is over 30 years old and has served us well. Thousands of children have climbed, laughed, and made friends exploring this space. It is the “center” of the beach in so many ways but overdue for replacement. The new playground will include the latest trends in the industry and encourage learning, promote being active and interacting with each other, and be engaging to keep your child interested in play. Estimated cost of this project is $280,000. We need to raise $100k and need your help. Click here to donate to the Playground Project.

For more details on this project read our Playground Article in our 2021 Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Here are detailed graphic plans of the proposed new playground – Playground Plans

Other Opportunities to Help Build the Playground:

A Night Under the Boathouse Lights FUN-RAISER for the New Playground:
The new playground at Dunning Lake is for the kids, this event is for the adults! Come and enjoy an evening at the Boathouse complete with trivia, music, food, drinks, and a silent auction. This is our major fundraiser for the playground, and we need your support. Call your friends, get a babysitter, and enjoy a night at Winding Trails. We are looking for participants, sponsors, and auction items. Space is limited so register early. Any questions can be directed Scott Brown, Executive Director at

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at

A Table of 8 is $700 and can be purchased at

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:


       Ann Clark & David Ehler      

Bronze Sponsors:


I Helped Build the Playground T-Shirts For Sale:
Support the new playground by buying a green tie die T-shirt with the new playground logo on the front and “I helped build the playground” on the back. Kids shirts are $20 and Adults shirts are $25.  They can be purchased in the main office or most afternoons at the Dunning Lake playground.

For the month of July, choose an activity that you can collect pledges for doing. You can pick something that is fun, healthy, and gets you outdoors! If you raise $50 you get a pair of Winding Trails sunglasses and if you raise  $100 you get the sunglasses and a “I Helped Build the Playground” T-Shirt. Pledge sheets can be picked up at the current playground on Dunning Lake Beach, Main Office, or at our Gatehouse.

Paddle for the Playground:
Help raise money for the new Dunning Lake Playground, get some great exercise, and have fun! Stake your claim to the fastest paddleboarder in your age group! Try as many times as you like. All ages welcome, contest ends on Sunday, August 22nd.
Donation – $10 (does not include paddleboard rental fee.) Sign up and pay the boat rental counter.

Below you will find information on our previous three major capital projects. We would like to THANK everyone for their generosity and support of these projects.

Save Walton Pond – For 60 years Walton Pond had been showing her age and slowly filling up with sedimentation, invasive weeds, and slowly dying. This body of water is a critical resource to Winding Trails from a historic, programmatic, and environmental point of view. In 2010, after years of planning, permitting, and fundraising, we were able to Save Walton Pond. The entire pond was dredged, new dams built, and boardwalk installed. This $1.2 million project is the largest capital project ever undertaken by the organization. Today, Walton Pond is home to abundant wildlife, environmental programs, and numerous recreation activities. Click Here for the top donors for this project: Walton Pond Donors.

Nature’s Porch – Shortly after the completion of Walton Pond, we had an anonymous donor approach us interested in establishing a nature center along the shores of the newly renovated pond. With a substantial startup money, we began efforts to design a nature center that would support our school and camp environmental programs as well as provide a gathering spot for children, families, and friends. With the support of hundreds we were able to build Nature’s Porch. It is designed to provide a place to gather, converse, and to explore. It is a CT certified grown building with all the wood harvested from Winding Trails and in the state. Click here for top donors to this project: Nature Porch Donors.

Boathouse Pavilion – In 2015, Winding Trails completed a 10 year Master Plan for Dunning Lake Beach and Picnic Area. This plan outlines 12 different initiatives to improve this vital section of the park. The first major initiative was the construction of the Boathouse Pavilion which was completed in early summer 2017. This facility provides picnic and program space for up to 200 people with a community grille area. It also provides much need rainy day space for our summer day camp program. The lower level serves as the boathouse with enhanced rental area, added storage, and training space. Click here for top donors to this project: Boathouse Donors.




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Winding Trails

50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Phone 860.677.8458

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Winding Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving people from Farmington and surrounding communities, providing year round recreational and educational activities for the enjoyment and growth of families and individuals of all ages. Winding Trails is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the natural woodlands and waterways that allow outdoor programming, character development, and other activities that strengthen the lives of those we serve.