New Haven Parks Newsletter
August Newsletter 2011, Volume 2, Number 8
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Intro to Archery

ArcheryThe Beginner Archery series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience that are seeking a refresher session.

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Basketball, Swimmng, Kick and Pass
Ranger Programs
East Rock
Lighthouse Point
Barnard Center
Complete Listing: check the Parks calendar

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Introduction to Archery


West Rock Nature Center
Thursdays August 25 for 4 weeks
5 - 6 p.m. : 8 - 12 year olds
6 - 7 p.m. : 13 and up, including adults

All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students (more if a special group/camp, etc, with advance notice). Classes open to all ages (8 and above). Parents & children may shoot together.

To register: call Ranger Joe Milone at 203-946-8016 or email him at

Summer Movies in Edgewood Park

Edgewood MoviesWednesday, August 10, 8:00pm - MADAGASCAR

Join your neighbors for a night of fresh air, fun, and entertainment. A screening of the animated hit movie Madagascar will be shown next to the Ranger Station near the corner of Hobart & Edgewood Ave.

Come 30 minutes before showtime to enjoy free popcorn and find your place to sit. Co-sponsored by the City of New Haven Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Trees and Friends of Edgewood Park, with support from the Tremaine Foundation. RAIN will cancel!

The final Summer Movie in Edgewood Park will be The Birds on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30pm.

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Summer Camp 2011


Summer camp has ended for another year. Here are 2 photos of happy campers at East Rock Park.
Photos taken by New Haven Parks Ranger Wray Williams.

Summer Camp at East RockSummer Camp at East Rock

Kayak Rescue ClinicSummer Pool Schedule

July 5 - August 12,
Monday through Friday: 11am-3pm,
Saturday: 11am-3pm

  • Hillhouse High School 480 Sherman Parkway
  • Wilbur Cross High School 181 Mitchell Drive
  • Hill Regional Career High School 140 Legion Avenue
  • John Martinez 100 James Street

Fall Community Recreation Program Preview

Community RecPass and Kick First Round Competition
All children aged 9 – 15 years old invited to compete!
September 7th at Troup School, 3 PM – 5 PM.

Pass & Kick Finals
September 14th @ Goffe Street 6 PM – 8 PM

Yale Youth Day
September 17th @ Yale Bowl, Starting Time: 10 PM
Georgetown University VS. Yale University

Community RecGirls/Boys Basketball Clinics
Girls and Boys - ages 8-10 and 11-13
Six consecutive Friday nights beginning October 14th
$10/for 6 sessions (must have 10 participants)

Flag Football
Ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10
Registration starts September 19th, Saturday mornings, $20/player
Martinez and Criscoulo Park (corner of Chapel and James Street)

Registration begins November 7th. Practices/Games begin November 28th

Swimming Lessons
John Martinez School – Dates TBD

Register for these events by calling (203) 946-8088 or (203) 946-8027
or email:

For additional information and updates, please check out our website:
(look under Sports & Recreation - Community Recreation)

Lighthouse PointPermit Applications

Pavilion Permit & Special Event Permit are now combined.
The Parks Department now has a single permit application to reserve both parks pavilions and to plan special events. The Field Permit application, however, will continue to be a separate application form.

Click below for Permit Application forms on the Parks Website:

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ MonumentLower Bronze Work Restoration and Conservation

Conservation treatment has begun for the lower bronze work of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located at the summit of East Rock Park. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was dedicated in June 1887. The lower bronze work consists of three categories of sculpture, sculptural reliefs and honor rolls:

Four bronze sculptures:
• History (west)
• Patriotism (south)
• Victory (east)
• Prosperity (north)

Four sculptural reliefs:
• Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox (southwest)
• Cornwallis Surrendering to Washington at Yorktown (southeast)
• Perry at Lake Erie (northeast)
• Scott entering Mexico City (northwest)

Two Honor Roll Text Plaques:
• Civil War Honor Roll (southeast)
• Civil War Honor Roll (northwest)

The goals of the conservation treatment are to restore the original surface appearance and placement, remove all pigeon droppings, dirt, and grime from around and behind the sculptures, restore secure anchoring to granite base, clean all bronze surfaces and restore patina, and repair cracks.

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Edgewood Farmers Market

Sundays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Farmers MarketBecome a Friend of Edgewood Park Farmers Market
At the Edgewood Park Farmers' Market, stop by the CitySeed table to sign up for Friends of the Market! For a $25 donation, you will receive a Friends of the Market card that provides you with great discounts from vendors every week throughout the season. Card sales directly support CitySeed farmers' market operations!

Weekly vendors include:
Barberry Hill Farm, Bodhichitta Farm, Chaplin Farms, Common Ground HS Farm, Four Mile River Farm, Nate's Naturals, On the Rocks Farm, Riverbank Farm, Rose's Berry Farm, Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm, SoNo Baking Company, Stone Gardens Farm, Caseus Cheese Truck

Food Runners CT will be at the Edgewood Farmers Market this year. They are a non-profit group which organizes volunteers to pick up our farmer's surplus food and delivers it to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Please consider volunteering one Sunday. Review the New Haven schedule for more information.

For a full market schedule, visit the CitySeed website

Barnard Nature CenterLighthouse Point Park Migration Festival

Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies

Lighthouse Point Park
Sunday, September 25, 2011
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Contact: 203-946-6086

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England!

  • Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
  • See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations!
  • See and feel Long Island Sound Creatures in touch tanks!
  • Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
  • Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
  • Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
  • Live Music!
  • Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
  • Bird walks and more!

This event is a cooperative effort sponsored by the New Haven Parks, Recreation and Tree Dept., New Haven Bird Club, CT Butterfly Association, Audubon Connecticut, CT Ornithological Association , CT Audubon Society, and Northeast HawkWatch. Audubon Connecticut’s support of this event was made possible by the generosity of The Jeniam Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Suggested donation: $5/car. Proceeds go towards next year’s event!

Photos Submitted by Parks Visitors

Visit to Lighthouse Point Park (Submitted July 22, 2011)

Photos submitted by Michele Korby-Gale

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