New Haven Parks Newsletter
April Newsletter 2011, Volume 2, Number 4
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Family Fun Nights

Family Night the 2nd Friday from 6-8 pm of each month. Fun games in the gym for parents and kids to participate in together, Arts & Crafts as well as Team Building activities:

  • April 8 John Martinez

There is no fee but you must pre - register at the Parks office. Call (203) 946-8027 or email

Saturday Community Center @ Martinez 10-2

• Board Games • Arts & Crafts • Swimming •

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Basketball, Martial Arts, Family Fun Days, Tennis, Volleyball
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Birdwalks, Hikes
Edgewood - Nature Walks Nature Pals Playgroup
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Tour Fort Nathan Hale
Barnard Center - Sea Animals of LI Sound
West Rock - Closed for Winter
Complete Listing: check the Parks calendar

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

April Vacation CampSpring Adventurer’s Camp Schedule

Where: Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park
April 18-21, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Who: 10 – 13 year olds
Click here to download the full itinerary and enrollment forms.

The New Haven Department of Parks Recreation and Trees will be offering an exciting Spring Adventure Camp for the week of April 18 - 21. Children will enjoy numerous stimulating outdoor and indoor activities.

The camp is scheduled between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Scholarships will not be available. All programs will meet at Trowbridge Environmental Center in East Rock Park (Near corner of Orange and Cold Spring). Campers must arrive at 9:00 AM., and be picked up at 3:30 PM. Transportation will be provided between the different sites used for the camp.

Easter BunnyMeet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny
On The New Haven Green

Where: The New Haven Green
When: April 16th, 2011
Time: 10:00 am sharp!
Cost: FREE
Remember to bring an empty bag or basket to collect
Easter Goodies
Click here to download the flyer.

Participate in additional activities at:

Edgewood Park Ranger Station
(on Edgewood Ave across from Hobart Street)
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

East Rock Park Ranger Station
(on the corner of Mitchell Drive & Orange Street)
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Activities include:

• Arts & Crafts Decorating Eggs
• Relay Races (Egg Related)
• Egg Spoon Race
• Nature Program about Eggs
• Bead Making
• Button Making
Special Appearance by the Easter Bunny

DodgeballArena Football, Kickball and Dodgeball Schedules

Click below for more information regarding the locations, times and team matches for Football, Kickball and Dodgeball on the New Haven Parks website Recreation page. Additional youth, adult and family recreational activities are available and listed on the New Haven Parks Recreation pages.
Click here to download flyers
Click here to view schedules and additional activities on the Parks Recreation page

SwimmingSwimming Lessons - Spring 2011

Where: John Martinez, 100 James Street
When: April 25th –June 1ST, 2011 Mondays & Wednesday evenings
Times: 5:00pm-5:45pm ~ 6:00pm-6:45pm or 7:00pm-7:45pm
Cost: $90.00 for six week session

Open swim Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm until June 4th
***Private swim lessons are available.***
***Please call (203)-946-8027 for further information***
Click here to Download the Registration Form

April 9th Big Event - Cleanup in numerous parks around the City

On Saturday, April 9, Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University will send students to help the City clean up after this awful winter. It is expected that a minimum of 400 students, with supervisors, will converge on the following parks:

  • East Rock Park
  • Edgewood Park
  • Long Wharf
  • West River Memorial Park
  • Criscuolo Park
  • East Shore Park
  • Fort Nahtan Hale
  • The New Haven Green
  • State Street
  • Lighthouse Point Park

For more information email Christy Hass

Spring in EdgewoodEdgewood Park Clean-up

April 9 and 10 from 10 AM until noon

Friends of Edgewood Park is sponsoring a clean up with the New Haven Parks Department on April 9 and 10 from 10 AM until noon. The Saturday clean up leave from the playground and Ranger Station. (near Edgewood and Hobart) On Sunday we will leave from the Farmer's Market area (near West Rock and Whalley). Adults and children are invited. Groups are also invited. If you plan to bring a group, please send FEP an email at:

Edgewood Park Nature Pals Playgroup

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00 am - $35/New Haven family ... 7 weeks

Explore the wonders of nature with your little ones, ages 2 -5 at the Edgewood Park Ranger Station. This fun, weekly program includes activities, story time, outdoor exploration and a craft project all based on a different nature theme each week. A kosher snack is also provided. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Register at New Haven Parks Dept. 720 Edgewood Ave. or call 203 - 946-8027.
This program is provided by Friends of Edgewood Park in conjunction with the
New Haven Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Trees.

FishingFamily Fishing Day at Lake Wintergreen

Wednesday, April 20, 12:30 pm to 2:30pm

This is a favorite activity for some of our rangers, who will be happy to pass on their "secrets" while they demonstrate fishing techniques and equipment. Our salt and fresh-water fishing derbies are becoming more and more popular.

Limited Enrollment, Pre-Registration REQUIRED. Call 946-6086 to register.

Rock to RockRock to Rock - Annual Earth Day Ride

Cycling celebration from West Rock to East Rock.
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Explore New Haven by bicycle. Rock to Rock is a day-long celebration of Earth Day, and of New Haven's rich environmental and cultural resources. Here's how it works: You and a few hundred others will travel from West Rock and East Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, eat tasty food, hear great music, take on environmental service projects, explore Edgewood and Beaver Ponds Parks, and ride Farmington Canal Trail and official city bike lanes.

All are welcome: Families and college students, children in tow, serious riders and weekend warriors. Join our rock band.

For more information visit: - Download a flyer and help spread the word.

St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 17, 2011

New Haven Parks, Recreation & Trees - Winner of the "Best Float" category
Adaptive Adventures - "Reaching Beyond Limits"

St Patrick's ParadeSt Patrick's Parade
St Patrick's ParadeSt Patrick's Parade

Orange Street Bridge

Orange Street Bridge

Here is a photograph I took while snowshoeing in East Rock Park during the big snowstorm in January.
~ Leah Samson, MD

Saying Goodbye to Old Man Winter

Photos by Ranger Wray Williams


Get Tickets - Carousel's Centennial Celebration Saturday May 7, 2011

Get your Derby on! ~ Celebrate the Carousel's Centennial

The CarouselThe Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park - Doors open at 5:00

  • Kentucky Derby Attire -
  • Live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby Race
  • Carousel Rides
  • Drinks, Dinner, Dancing
  • Fireworks & Fun

$100/person or $1000/table
Tickets: City of New Haven offices:
City Clerk - 200 Orange Street
Parks Office - 720 Edgewood Avenue
Parks Office - 180 Park Road, Hamden

More Information:

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

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