In November 1995, the Town of Bloomfield acquired this 78-acre property from the Davis family, utilizing both Town and State of Connecticut Open Space Project funding. Bloomfield participated in a 12-year community effort which led to the designation of the lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as a National Wild and Scenic River in March 2019. This federal designation recognizes the river's outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values.
Farmington River Park offers riverfront access to the beautiful Farmington River. The park is home to a blend of uses including fishing, birding, hiking, and picnicking. The 78-acre property includes a pond and streams as well as pine and floodplain forests. The trail system provides views of the river and links to a trail system on the abutting CT DEEP Wildlife Management Area.
Many types of birds frequent Farmington River Park. Herons, Mallard and Merganser Ducks, and Bald Eagles are often seen on and along the river. Look for forest birds such as Wood Thrush, Titmice, Nuthatch, Black-Capped Chickadee, Cardinals, Blue Jay and Downy and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers.
Farmington River Park provides habitat for various animals and plants. In early spring the park awakens to sounds of amphibians breeding in the vernal pool located next to the river walking trail. Yellow Trout Lily and Jack-in-the-Pulpit can be easily seen along the same river trail. Deer bears, fisher, bobcats, coyotes, squirrels and chipmunks use the park for food and shelter.