New Haven Parks Newsletter
October Newsletter 2010, Volume 1, Number 8
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

Sports and Recreation - Programs for Fall
Fall Recreation Programs will begin on Saturday October 23, 2010.

Flag FootballFlag Football

Saturdays will feature
Flag football: Oct. 23 & 30,
Nov. 6, 13 and 20.

Dates and times will be run as a clinic and games will follow.
Parents: we will need help so come ready to give us a hand.

Times and Sites:

  • 5 - 6 years old 10:00-12:00 at Goffe Street Park
  • 7 - 9 years old 12:00-2:00 at Goffe Street Park
  • 10 - 12 years old 10:00-12:00 at John S Martinez Field
  • 12 - 15 years old 12:00-2:00 at John S Martinez Field
  • 10 - 12 years old 10:00-12:00 at Clinton Ave Park
    next to Clinton Ave School
  • 15 - 18 years old 12:00-2:00 at Clinton Ave Park
    next to Clinton Ave School

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Soccer, Golf
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Hawk Watches
Edgewood - Autumn Nature Walk, Celebrate Edgewood Park, Halloween Mask Making
Lighthouse Point - Hawk Watches, Climb the Lighthouse
West Rock - Creepy Crawlies, Fun Fall Games
Outdoor Adventure - Kayaking, Canoe New Haven
Also check the Parks calendar:

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page - Swimming, Aerobics, Basketball, Football, Walks
Special Events:
• Soldiers and Sailors Monument Rededication
  Saturday, October 16
  Download the Flyer for details
• Fright Night at Coogan Pavilion
  Once upon a fright...
  October 21 & 28, 5 – 7 PM
  October 22 & 29, 6 – 9 PM
  The scariest fairy tales come to life!
  Download the Flyer for details
• Halloween Mask Making Workshop
  October 23, 11AM - 2PM,
  Edgewood Ranger Station
  Download the Flyer for details

Swimming at John S. Martinez School starting October 6

Open and Lap Swim
Wednesdays Lap Swim 5:00-6:00 Open Swim 6:00 –8:00
Saturdays Lap Swim 10:00-11:00 Open Swim 11:00-2:00

Adult Volleyball

Any team interested in playing in a co-ed Adult League please contact Felicia: call (203) 946-8088 or email at before November 8th.


Basketball Clinics: starting November 5
Fridays: November 5, 12, 19 and December 3, 6:00-7:30. The cost will be $10.00. Registration is limited.

  • Girls 8-12 years old - Troup School
  • Boys 8-12 years old - King Robinson School.

Basketball Leagues:
Leagues will be starting the week of January 3. $20.00 per player. Registration will start November 9 and end November 30.Any team wishing to play in the New Haven Park Recreation Leagues please contact Felicia before November 19: Phone (203) 946-8088 or Email at

  • Girls grades 6 to 8
  • Girls ages 6-8
  • Girls ages 9-11
  • Boys & Girls grades 1 and 2
  • Boys grades 3 and 4
  • Boys grades 5 and 6
  • Boys grades 7 and 8

Adult Aerobics starting October 18, 2010

Free Dog training class for any one that recently adopted a pet from the animal shelter.
Sunday October 24 11:00 am at The Edgewood Park Dog Run.
Call David Henon @ (203) 859-1428 to register

For information contact:
Felicia C. Shashinka, Recreation Supervisor, New Haven Parks & Recreation

Tree PlantingCity of New Haven Tree Planting Initiative

As part of the nation's oldest public tree planting program, the City of New Haven has pledged to plant 10,000 trees over the next 5 years. Each year, the City will fund 1,000 trees directly, and engage with community partners to plant another 1,000 trees. The Urban Resources Intiative (URI) works closely with the City to manage the tree planting program, and has been assisting residents and community groups with tree plantings all over New Haven. Visit URI at

Request or pledge to plant a tree

Street trees are an important part of New Haven's tree canopy, providing not only aesthetic benefits but also saving New Haven residents and businesses over $1.6 million annually in avoided energy costs and improving air quality. As a resident, you can request a street tree for in front of your home using the "Request a Tree" form.

Are you planting trees in your yard, at your business, or in your neighborhood? Tell us about them using the Plant a Tree Pledge form. Trees count as part of our community-wide pledge to plant 10,000 trees over 5 years. To find out more about the program, and what species you can request, you can visit the City's Parks Department's Adopt a Tree page.

Tree Benefit Calculator

Calculate the Benefits of Your Trees - The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STRATUM. With inputs of location, species and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis.

Disc Golf at WRNC

Disc Golf at the West Rock Nature Center

Flying disc sports have their roots in Connecticut. In 1871, the Frisbie Pie Company opened in Bridgeport and began selling pies all over New England. Soon, students at Yale and other colleges in the area were hurling pie plates all over campus. The pie plate or disc’s simple airfoil shape creates lift as the disc rotates through the air.

Frederick Morrison patented the first flying disc in the 1950’s, and successfully marketed the toy under the name “Pluto Platter” with Wham-O Inc. The company later registered the trademark “Frisbee” for their discs, as students on the east coast had already adopted the name. In 1964, “Steady” Ed Headrick promoted “Frisbee” as a sport, and the rest is history.

  • Object of the Game: The object of disc golf is to throw a disc toward a target, using the smallest number of throws possible to eventually hit the target.
  • Tee Throws: Tee throws must be completed from within five feet of the designated tee area.
  • Lie: A lie is the spot where a throw lands. The next throw should be made directly from that lie (if safe).
  • Throwing Order: The player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first.
  • Completion of Hole: When a disc touches the designated tree or post, the hole has been completed.
  • Scoring: For each hole, mark the scorecard with the number of throws taken to complete the hole.

For complete rules of the game and more information visit the Parks website.

East Rock Park and Trowbridge Nature Center

New Haven Senior Centers 2nd Annual Fishing Derby at Lighthouse Point Pier

On September 7th ,2010 , the New Haven Parks, Recreation and Tree Dept.’s Outdoor Adventure Program and the City’s Elderly Services Dept. combined resources to hold our 2nd Annual Senior’s Fishing Derby out at Lighthouse Pt. Park Fishing pier.

42 participants enjoyed a great day of Fishing and fun was had by all. Catch species of the day were Summer Fluke, Porgies or Scup, Sea Robins and many Snapper Bluefish. One lucky woman hooked into a monster brute Bluefish that broke the line after a ten minute battle.

Special thanks go out to Pat Wallace, Director of Elderly services and her staff for their help in coordinating this event.

Senior Fishing Derby Senior Fishing Derby
Senior Fishing Derby Senior Fishing Derby

8th Annual Migration Fest at Lighthouse Pt. Park

On September 26th, 2010, the New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees Department hosted the 8th Annual Fall Migration Fest at Lighthouse Pt. Park. This annual event focuses on Hawks, Songbirds, Butterflies and Dragonflies fall journey to warmer climates, at one of New England’s premier Hawk watch sites .

Activities included Birdwalks, Live Bird of Prey demonstrations, Monarch Butterfly and Bird Banding, tours of the Historic Lighthouse, Carousel rides and Music by the Blue Trails Band. This year over 1,500 people attended this exciting day long event.

Next year’s Migration Fest will take place on Sept. 25, 2011, so mark it on your calendar and migrate down to Lighthouse Pt. Park.

In case you missed this year’s event, please note that the New Haven Bird Club holds a daily Hawk watch at Lighthouse Pt. Park, located in the Mid-field area, weather permitting, until November 30th.

This event is a collaborative effort on the part of the City of New Haven’s Park and Recreation Department, Audubon, CT, New Haven Bird Club , Connecticut Butterfly Association and Connecticut Audubon.

I would like to thank these organizations for helping make this event possible.

Eagle Owl
Migration Festival - Eagle Owl

Migration Festival
Crowd listens to lecture with live raptors at Lighthouse Pavilion

Migration Festival - Butterfly Banding
A monarch butterfly is banded and sent on migration flight

Contact Ranger Dan Barvir, East Rock Ranger, call 203-946-6086 or email dbarvir@newhavenct..

Lighhouse Point Park

The East Shore Ranger Program thanks a generous supporter!

Since 1985, the Touch Tank program at the Lighthouse Point Park ranger station has been very successful at getting New Haveners acquainted with the sea creatures living in Long Island Sound. The East Shore Ranger has hosted an average of 6,000 visitors annually, mostly children, at the touch tank to get up-close to crabs, fish, snails and various other creatures of the deep.

A huge reason for this success is Mr. John Swenerton of the Millstone Environmental Lab in Waterford, CT. His generous assistance has helped enormously in making the Touch Tank program such a big success over the years. The Lab’s crew saves various hardy animals from their regular trawls on the Sound for us to add to our tank. Mr. Swenerton’s contributions and assistance to our program have kept us going, and we want to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for all that he continues to do to help make us successful. Thanks John!

Get the Jump On Winter

Just because winter is on the horizon, don’t stay away from the parks! Starting in November, and running through March, you can visit Black Rock Fort or the ranger station in Lighthouse Park (weather and storm conditions permitting of course) to enjoy a cold yet beautiful time of year, and experience some things that will make you remember that spring and summer are not really that far off!

Put these dates on your calendar and visit Lighthouse or the fort to lose those winter blues (call Ranger Terry McCool at 203-946-8790 to register):

    • Thurs. Nov. 4 Tour Fort Nathan Hale/Black Rock Fort 10AM
    • Sat. Nov. 6 Climb the Lighthouse 10 AM
    • Tues. Nov. 9 Visit the Touch Tank 10 AM
    • Wed. Nov. 10 Climb the Lighthouse 10 AM
    • Tues. Nov 16 Visit the Touch Tank 10 AM
    • Wed. Nov. 17 Climb the Lighthouse 10 AM
    • Sat. Dec. 4 Climb the Lighthouse 10AM
    • Wed. Dec. 8 Tour Fort Nathan Hale/Black Rock Fort) 10 AM
    • Thurs. Dec. 9 Visit the Touch Tank 10 AM
    • Wed. Dec. 15 Visit the Touch tank 10 AM
    • Thurs. Dec. 16 Climb the Lighthouse 10 AM

Fees: $3 Per person to climb the Lighthouse. All other programs: $2 per person non-resident of New Haven; residents free. Pre-registration required for all programs.

2011 East Shore Ranger Winter Public Program Dates:

Climb the Lighthouse: Jan. 4, Jan. 19, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 8, Mar. 22
Sea Animals at the Touch Tank: Jan. 6, Jan 20, Feb. 3, Feb 17, Mar. 10
Touch Tank for Tots: (geared for the pre-K set with a parent, kids get to explore
up close and visit with the sea creatures in the touch tank): Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10
Tour of Fort Nathan Hale/Black Rock Fort: Mar. 24

Call Ranger Terry McCool at 203-946-8790 for location, times, fees and to register.

Outdoor Adventure

On September 18, the Outdoor Adventure Staff, who are also qualified to teach kayaking to participants with physical disabilities, held an adaptive outdoor kayaking clinic. This was done in partnership with The Sports Association at Gaylord Hospital.

Adaptive Paddling
Adaptive Paddling to teach kayaking to participants with physical disabilities

The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator has also been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project. The partnership between The Sports Association at Gaylord, and the Parks Department will continue to do other adaptive programs such as climbing, team building, canoeing and much more. For more information about Adaptive Outdoor Adventures please contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator.

Wounded Warrier
Wounded Warrior Project

Columbus School Family Arts Workshop

“The Columbus School Family Arts Workshop” was held at Columbus School on Grand Avenue, on Saturday September 25, This was a partnership between The Parks Department in conjunction with Arte Inc. and Columbus Family Academy.

The workshop provided with a unique opportunity for all participants to do arts projects, learns about Latin music and culture, climb the portable rock climbing wall, and to learn and interact with live snakes. Ranger Wray Williams and his snakes where a “hit” among the hundreds of participants that came to this event. Such Nature Education Programs are becoming more and more popular, particularly since the Rangers have the ability to bring these programs all over the City of New Haven.

Ranger Wray
Ranger Wray Williams with snakes

Better CT
Parks Department Outdoor Adventure Program being featured by Better CT (Channel 3)
hosted by Carolyn Phillips

For a full list of nature Education Ranger programs please visit the Park Ranger’s webpage

Pass & Kick Competition Yale Youth Day

The finals of the New Haven Park & Rec/ Yale pass and kick contest was held on Saturday Oct. 2, 2010 in conjunction with Youth Day at Yale Bowl. Over 300 Boys & Girls competed citywide to have an opportunity to make it to the finals. The following are the winners from over 300 kids that competed.

Youth Day at Yale Bowl
9 & 10 year old division
1st place Jamorea Hooks
2nd place Antasia Brown
3rd place Synquea Jenkins
11 & 12 year old division
1st place Tremont Waters
2nd place Kenneth Jenkins
3rd place Damarious Bruins
13 - 15 year old division
1st place James Bryant
2nd place Ralph Bidon
3rd place Imini Pickett

Congratulations to all that participated.

Community Gardens and Greenspaces

October is a busy month for gardeners as they begin the process of putting their gardens to bed.

First Annual Perennial Swap

Saturday, October 9th will be our first annual Perennial Swap. Please bring an identified potted perennial (or more than one) and contribute them to the swap and choose an equal number of perennials to take home with you. The Perennial Swap will take place from 10 am until 12:30 pm. We will have entertainment from one of the gardeners; Tom Ciancia who will play the keyboard and will help make this a very special event.

If you don’t have any perennials to share and would like to plant some in your yard, you are also invited to join us and take home one or more of the perennial that have been donated to us from gardeners.

Come to the Perennial Swap and get some new plants and then later at 2 pm join us at the Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Avenue (near Grand & Ferry) for a Fall Gardening Workshop. Rachael Ziesk, Certified Master Gardener and New Haven Land Trust Board Member will give you ideas and answers for putting your garden to bed, winter crops, seed saving and more. Doreen Larson-Oboyski from the Parks Department will speak about scheduling a seed exchange.

We are still accepting donations of perennials and shrubs. If you are dividing your perennials and would like to donate some of them so that they can be planted throughout the city, please call Doreen Larson-Oboyski 203-946-2203 or We would especially like (not exclusively) some native plants.

Springside Community Gardeners

During September, the Springside Community gardeners with the help of Hopkins students and the New Haven Bioregional Group constructed a hoop house. Here are some pictures of the project:

Hoop House
Hoop House

The New Haven Land Trust honored David Reher, one of the community gardeners and Kris Sainsbury a greenspace participant for their work at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Both of them are long time environmental activists. The event – Champions of Long Wharf was held at Leon’s Restaurant. Sunlight Solar was also was given the Environmental Business Award.

Here is a picture of the Celebration for our Greenspace and Community Gardens participants at the Carousel. As you can see, everyone had a great time!

Community Gardeners

Contact Doreen Larson-Oboyski, for more information email:

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