New Haven Parks Newsletter
May Newsletter 2011, Volume 2, Number 5
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

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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
Complete Listing: check the Parks calendar

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Kayak Rescue Clinic

May 9, 2011, Hillhouse HS Pool, 6 - 8 pm

Kayak Rescue ClinicSoon the days will be longer and warmer, so paddlers will be anxious to go out and put their kayaks in the water, many for the first time. But are these kayakers really ready? Kayaking has become one of the most popular sports. In fact, you can almost buy a recreational kayak anywhere, not only at specialized kayaking stores, but at wholesale clubs, discount stores and general sporting goods. This tremendous surge in kayak sales, coupled with the lack of proper equipment, training, and self-rescue techniques has resulted in many incidents and accidents. Furthermore, inadequate equipment and paddling technique has also lead to an increase of wrists, shoulder, and lower back injuries.

The Outdoor Adventure Program will be offering a series of Spring clinics that will allow you to learn about kayaking safety, and avoiding injuries.

Practice two-person and solo kayak rescue in the warm confines of a swimming pool. The class covers wet exits, assisted re-entry, re-entry using a paddle float and the fundamentals that will help you learn to Eskimo roll. Boats and all safety gear are provided.

Kayak Rolling Clinic
Date: May 4 and 5
Location: Hillhouse High School
480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven CT
Time : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost $75 of one day $140 for both
Kayak basic Recoveries Clinic
Date: May 17
Location: Hillhouse High School
480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven CT
Time : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost $75 of one day $140 for both Basic and Advanced
Kayak Advance Recoveries Clinic
Date: May 19
Location: Hillhouse High School
480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven CT
Time : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No previous kayaking experience is necessary. All equipment will be provided, but participants are welcome to use their own gear if available. These programs utilize our sit-inside touring kayaks, and stress proper technique and safety. These kayaking programs are for paddlers aged twelve and up. For more information or registration, please contact Martin Torresquintero at (203)946-6768 or Pre-registration for these programs is mandatory

Youth Tennis LessonsNew Haven Youth Tennis

Spring Tennis Lessons 2011

Sessions run through May 27.
5 locations:
Edgewood, Cross, Old Grant School, Clinton Avenue, East Shore
Click here to download schedules and registration forms.


14th Annual Westville Village Artwalk

Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2011

Westville Artwalk

Held Mother's Day weekend in the heart of Westville Village, "New Haven's own small town", ArtWalk is one of CT's largest local and regional arts showcases, offering free fun for all ages from West Rock Ave. to Blake St!

  • Friday Night, May 6 - Kick-off Events throughout the Villlage from 5-10pm! Saturday, May 7 - Art, Music, Crafts, Food & More from 10am-5pm!
  • Saturday, May 7 - Art, Music, Crafts, Food & More from 10am-5pm!

    For a full list of activities and schedules, please visit:

All-Ages Activities in Edgewood Park - 11am to 4pm

  • Play-4-All - TryOutToys plays, teaches, interacts and entertains with juggling, hula hooping, poi swings, ribbon wands, diabolo/Chinese yoyos, flower sticks and an assortment of other cool, people-powered toys for children and adults.
  • Climbing Wall - The New Haven Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Trees and Friends of Edgewood Park will have a customized 30' tall climbing wall equipped with 4 stations!
  • Art & Craft Activities - New Haven-based community and school groups and neighborhood artists present a variety of art, craft and other fun activities to engage children and adults
  • Community Tents and Tables
  • LIVE Music in Edgewood Park
  • And more!

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.

Warbler by AudubonSpring is a time for Warblers in our Parks

East Rock Park is proud to announce that
Spring Bird Migration is just around the corner.

East Rock has long been known as one of Connecticut’s premier locations to view migrating Warblers, along with many other species of songbirds. Over thirty species of warblers have been spotted in past years and has been classified as an Important Birding area by Audubon, CT.

Join New Haven’s Parks and Recreation Department Ranger Dan Barvir on one our weekly morning Bird walks, throughout the month of May.

Contact: For dates and times of walks,
please check out our Departments Website Activity Calendar

Birds and Squirrels Sited at Trowbridge Nature Center at East Rock

Photos by Ranger Wray Williams

Spring Feeders at TrowbridgeSpring Feeders at Trowbridge
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Spring Feeders at Trowbridge

Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park

Barnard Nature CenterBarnard Nature Center
200 Derby Ave New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: 203-691-3539
Park Rangers:
Harry Coyle - and
Terry McCool -

Barnard Nature Center is the newest building in the New Haven Parks System. The Nature Center features a state-of-the-art classroom, green roof and park ranger office. The building also houses numerous amphibians and reptiles for educational programs. The Center has a partnership with the Barnard Environmental Magnet School across the street. The nature center allows access from the school to the park using a walking bridge that goes over one of the busiest roads in New Haven. This allows students access to play fields and ability to study the unique ecosystem that is the West River Watershed.

For more information and schedules, visit the Parks and Recreation website.

Easter Festivities

Easter Egg Hunt and Mrs. and Mr. Easter Bunny on New Haven Green

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Holiday Nature Activities at Edgewood Ranger Station

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Earth Day - Rock-to-Rock

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