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July Newsletter 2013, Volume 3, Number 7
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Open School information

Monday - Friday, 4-8 pm
Hill Regional Career High School - 140 Legion Avenue
Clinton Avenue School - 293 Clinton Avenue
John S. Martinez School - 100 James Street
James Hillhouse High School - 480 Sherman Parkway

Open Schools

Click here to visit the Parks Sports and Recreation page for more information.

In this Issue:

Beating the Heat - Public Splashpads and Pools

With exceptionally high temperatures in store, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. is encouraging residents to take advantage of splash pads, open pools and neighborhood relief. The Department of Parks operates splash pads at the locations listed below. Those with an asterisk run continuously until 8 p.m. tonight. Others can be activated upon demand.

Splash Pads
Ann Street Playground Ann Street between Kossuth & West
*Dover Beach Front Street up by Middletown Avenue
Edgewood Park Boulevard & Chapel Street
Jocelyn Square Walnut & East Streets
Kensington Street (in Dwight neighborhood) Kensington Street between Edgewood & Chapel
Lewis Street Park (new in Summer '09) Lewis & Front Streets
*Lighthouse Point Park 2 Lighthouse Road
Lincoln Basset School 130 Bassett Street
Scantlebury Park (new in Summer '09) Ashmun & Bristol Street
South Genessee So. Genessee St. up from corner of E. Ramsdell
Trowbridge Square (Carlisle Street) Cedar & Carlisle Streets
*View Street Playground Cedar Hill Street
Also, four pools are in operation
Monday - Friday 5-7 pm and Saturday 11am - 3 pm
Hill Regional Career High School 140 Legion Avenue
John S. Martinez SchooL 100 James Street
James Hillhouse High School 480 Sherman Parkway
Wilbur Cross High School 181 Mitchell Drive

New Haven Olympic Flag Rugby Summer Camp

Flag Rugby
Rugby is a newly accepted Olympic sport and the fastest growing sport in America. The game has been modified to become flag rugby: a noncontact, fun, dynamic, and co-ed game for kids. Teamwork, leadership and respect are just a few of the values learned in this game.

rugbyLocation: East Rock Park (Cold Spring St. and Orange St.)
Dates: July 8th through August 14th (6 week program)
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Ages: 10-13
Price: $75

No experience needed, but be ready for fun! Bring water and comfortable clothes.
Click here to download the flyer and registration form.
For more information contact Andrew Marullo at MO@drive2succeed.org

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Summer Camp Brochure

Activities, Schedule and Registration Forms - Some openings still available

Brochure Contents:

  • Registration Information
  • Camp Information & Policies
  • Cool Camps for Hot Summer Days
    • City Camp
    • Nature Pals
    • Eco Adventure Camps
    • Canoeing & Kayaking Camp
    • Theatre Camp Music Camp
  • Registration & Health Forms
  • Summer Community Recreation
  • Open Schools
  • All-Star Sports Camps
    • Basketball
    • Track & Field
    • Kids Tennis Clubs
  • Public Swimming Pool Schedule
  • Mobile Playground Bus Schedule

2013 Summer Camp Brochure

LogoClick here to download the brochure from the Parks WebsiteLogo

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Discover the Treasured Parks of New Haven
~ East Rock Park ~

East Rock Park is one of the City of New Haven's largest and most popular parks, offering visitors many types of recreational opportunities. On a typical day you might find a pick-up soccer or basketball game, or take a run, bike or hike on our 8 miles of trails.

The Scenic tidal Mill River runs through East Rock Park offering visitors a chance to go canoeing, kayaking, fishing and crabbing.

The summit is accessible by foot, bicycle or car and affords a breathtaking view of Downtown New Haven, New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound and the surrounding communities. One of the most significant features of East Rock other than its striking red cliffs is the Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument dedicated on June 17th, 1887. This 112 foot monument is a landmark commemorating those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Mexican war and the Civil War.

Recently renovated and open to public on a limited basis, this historic monument was the site of one of Connecticut‘s largest dedication celebrations hosting over 175,000 back in 1800s.

On the natural side, East Rock has long been recognized as an important birding area, featuring over twenty five species of warblers and over 100 species of song birds during spring migration. One can view Peregrine falcons, assorted hawks, vultures and ravens riding the winds along the cliff face. The Trowbridge Environmental Center, located in College Woods section of East Rock, offers visitors information about the local flora and fauna, guided walks and educational programs and displays.

If you are looking for a little romance, stop by the Pardee Rose Garden, a popular spot for wedding photos. It contains a wide array of flowers from early spring until mid fall and features one of Connecticut's finest displays of roses.

If environmental stewardship is your thing, hook up with the Friends of East Rock, volunteer and meet like minded community members that are helping to beautify and protect the park.

Images of East Rock

East Rock Park
Trowbridge Environmental Center
East Rock Park
Picnickers on July 4 before fireworks
East Rock Park
Visitors touring the Solders' and Sailors' Monument
East Rock Park
Birdwatcher on a Ranger-led Spring Birdwalk
East Rock Park
Canoeing on the Mill River
East Rock Park
Holiday Candle Dipping workshop at Trowbridge
East Rock Park
The Restored Antique Greenhouse at Pardee Rose Garden
East Rock Park
Cinco de Mayo rose in bloom in the Rose Garden

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Soldiers and Sailors MonumentStanding at 366 feet, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument honors the residents of New Haven who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War. In 1882, the city appropriated $50,000 for the monument’s construction. Did you know that the original plan was to build it on the town Green? After much competition, it was determined that Moffit & Doyle of New York City would design it and Smith & Sperry of New Haven would build it atop East Rock. Construction began on June 17, 1886 with the first dedication ceremony held on June 17, 1887. The monument was re-dedicated on September 20, 1987 and again on October 16-, 2010, following extensive rehabilitation to both the exterior and interior.

The Pedestal has four bronze base-relief sculptures that depict scenes from the four wars.

The southwest face honors those fallen in the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865, depicting the moment when General Lee surrenders to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. The plaque’s inscription "1861-1865 Soldiers and Sailors of New Haven who died in defense of the Union" is followed by a casualty list and is surrounded by badges and flags. (Those 2plaques are located at the NW and SE sides of the monument)

The southeast face honors those fallen in the Revolutionary War, from 1775 to 1783 and depicts General Cornwallis surrendering at Yorktown.

The northeast face honors those fallen in the War of 1812 battles, from 1812-1815 and depicts Commodore Perry on Lake Erie.

The northwest face honors those fallen in the Mexican-American War, from 1846 to1848 and depicts General Winfield Scott entering Mexico City.

The four bronze female figures that surround the pedestal stand at 9 ft. high and personify the virtues of:
  History, facing West, holding an open book
  Victory, facing East, holding a laurel leaf and trumpet
  Prosperity, facing North, a horn of plenty resting on her shoulder
  Patriotism, facing South, drawing a sword

Monument Virtues

The 112 ft. shaft is made of red granite from the Hallowell Granite Company in Maine. Five openings light an iron staircase leading to the observation level. Can you count the number of stars that circle the base? On the observation level, four windows look out to downtown & New Haven harbor, Long Island Sound and north towards Hamden and Sleeping Giant mountain. Which one looks out in the direction of your home?

Angel of Peace
Standing at 11 ft. and weighing 5000 lbs., the angel looks out over the city of New Haven, raising an olive branch and holding a wreath, as an enduring symbol of peace, harmony and hope.

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Public Canoeing and Kayaking Programs for Summer 2013

GeocoachingSummer is here with its longer day light and warmer weather, why not get out and enjoy the evening with one of our kayak or canoe instructional tours. The tours are being offered on Tuesday and Thursday evening at various locations around New Haven. This is a great opportunity to join with New Haven Parks and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Program to experience and learn kayaking and canoeing skills and safety. All equipment will be provided. All you need to bring is your personal gear and a desire for some fun. For those who want to learn even more about the sport, we will be offering 2-day Essentials of Canoe Touring (August 6th & 7th), and Essentials of Kayak Touring (August 8th & 9th ), We are looking forward to paddling with you, so please give us a call if you need more information.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Instructional Tours

This tour is for those who want to get out and enjoy an evening on the water, whether you are a beginner or experienced paddler. On this tour we will show you how to do basic paddle strokes (power, turning and correction strokes). We will also talk about basic safety procedures, equipment care and handling for canoes and kayaks. All equipment will be provided.

Time: 5:30-8:00
  Kayaking: $20 for New Haven residents; $25 for non-residents
  Canoeing: $15/ for New Haven residents. $20 for non-residents. Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 2 children per canoe. All children under 10 pay half price.
Age Requirements:
  Kayaking: 12 and over. Participants ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  Canoeing: 5 and over. Participants ages 5-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and Locations:
- Tuesday 7/2 Kayak at Fort Hale Park
- Tuesday 7/9 Kayak at Lighthouse Point Park
- Thursday 7/11 Canoe at Mill River
- Tuesday 7/16 Canoe at Edgewood Pond
- Thursday 7/18 Kayak at Lighthouse Point Park
- Tuesday 7/23 Kayak at Lighthouse Point Park
- Thursday 7/25 Canoe at Mill River
- Tuesday 7/30 Kayak at Lighthouse Point Park
- Thursday 8/1 Canoe at Mill River
- Tuesday 8/6 Kayak at Lighthouse Point Park

Essentials of Kayaking Touring: and Essentials of Canoe Touring

These classes are for paddlers with little or no kayaking or canoeing experience wanting to take the sport to the next level. Participants will learn to be confident and safe paddlers with the skills to participate in kayak or canoe touring in protected waters. These courses will cover equipment needs, trip-planning, paddling strokes, and recoveries.

Each course is a 12-hour program, taught over the course of two days. Bring snacks and plenty of water.

All equipment, including sit-inside sea kayaks (or canoes), PFD’s, paddles and related safety gear will be provided at no additional fee. If approved by our Certified ACA kayaking/Canoeing instructors, participants may also choose to use their own gear

Location: Lighthouse Point Park
Date: 8/8- 8/9
Time: 9:30AM- 4:30PM each day
Cost: $200 for New Haven residents; $250 for non-residents.
Age Requirements: 12 and over. Participants ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or registration, please contact Martin Torresquintero,
at (203)946-6768 or mtorresq@newhavenct.net

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Garlic Mustard Invasion

Garlic Mustard WeedThe New Haven Bird Club, in collaboration with the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees and the Eli Whitney Museum, worked to pull out garlic mustard, an invasive plant threatening the park’s ecology and taking over the natural area, said Park Ranger Dan Barvir.

“These invasive plants keep moving into our parks and taking over and crowding out our native vegetation, which has purposes to the wildlife we have around here,” Barvir explained. “We have decided that we are going to combine our efforts and pull these plants out and restore the local habitat to its original condition as best we can.”

Barvir said garlic mustard alters habitat suitability not only for native vegetation but also native insects and therefore birds and mammals.

The plant has a self-fertilization breeding system that produces 15,000 seeds annually and allows a small number of individuals to create large population.

Winie Wirth, conservation co-chairwoman of the bird club, said the appropriate method to combat the invasive plant is to pull the plants each spring before the seed can disperse. Garlic mustard’s seed bank has a life of two to five years, Wirth said, and the pulling should be done for a maximum of five years to deplete the seed bank. “The way to get rid of garlic mustard is you start with the peripheral plants and pull them out before they spread their seeds and then work your way in,” Wirth said. “We will do this every spring for five years until the seed bank is exhausted.”

Click here to read the whole New Haven Register story.

Nature Notes by Dan Barvir - East Rock Park Ranger.

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Hopkins School Day of Service

Hopkins School VolunteersHopkins Students

From all of us at New Haven Parks Department, Thank you for your assistance for coordinating the Day of Service with the Hopkin's Senior class. They did a fantastic job and both staff and students were great. I hope they all had fun and feel free to contact us next year.

Thank you very much,
Ranger Dan

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The New Haven Fireworks - July 4, 2013

FireworksThe New Haven Fireworks will take place on July 4, at 9:00 PM. The display will be launched from the summit of East Rock Park.

Vehicles may park at the base of the summit for $5.00 where shuttle transportation will be provided to the top of the rock. Vehicles will not be allowed to drive to the top of the Summit; however, free parking is available near Wilbur Cross High School 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven. Foot or bike traffic to the summit will not be allowed on this date.

WYBC 94.3 will simulcast music throughout the fireworks display at the base of the park. Activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. with food and music throughout the afternoon and early evening. Free tours of the Sailors and Soldiers monument will take place throughout the day. Food & beverage Vendors will also be on site.

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Ranger Program Schedules

New Haven Park Rangers
Left to right: Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams, Dan Barvir

Ranger Programs
Weekdays in July - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Summer Camp - several locations Staff

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VolleyballBeach Volleyball League

Starting July 8th, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
$20 per player, all team sizes & levels
3 Courts on the sand

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bicycle toursBicycling Tours

The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will be offering bicycle tours to explore some of the most fascinating bike routes in CT and Rhode Island. In order to accommodate riders that do not have a vehicle to carry their bikes to the trails, transportation for participants and their bicycles will be provided (vans and customized bicycle trailers). Tours will range on average from 14 to 50+ miles with several options to meet specific needs. Airline Trail, Farmington River Trail, Shoreline, Northwest CT and more are among the destinations. Minimum age is 12 when accompanied by an adult. Bicycle rentals are also available for tours only. Pre-registration is mandatory.

For more information please contact: Martin Torresquintero (203)946-6768 mtorresq@newhavenct.net.

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Rock to Rock

Rock to Rock

This year's Rock to Rock was the most successful ever with over 1100 riders ands $152,430 dollars raised among local organizIng partners and local environmental organizations. New Haven Parks will use their share to purchase hand cycles, which in turn will allow for the expansion of our cycling programs for seniors and for people with physical disabilities.

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Holiday Tree SoughtNew Haven Farmers Markets

CitySeed Farmers Market Downtown, New Haven. 203-773-3736
New Haven Green at Temple & Chapel Streets
Wednesday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

CitySeed Farmers Market Edgewood Park, New Haven. 203-773-3736
Edgewood Park, corner of Whalley & West Rock Aves.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-2p.m.

CitySeed Farmers Market Fair Haven, New Haven. 203-773-3736
Corner of Grand & Poplar Streets
Opens 7/11 Thursday: 2-6 p.m.

CitySeed Farmers Market The Hill, New Haven. 203-773-3736
Corner of Park & South Streets
Opens 7/12 Friday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

CitySeed Farmers Market Wooster Square, New Haven. 203-773-3736
Russo Park, corner of Chapel St. and DePalma Ct.
Through-December Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Go to the CitySeed website for a full list of products and vendors.

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Monthly Photo Gallery

Around the Parks - Photos by Ranger Wray Williams

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Visitors touring the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument | A wild orchid, somewhere in East Rock Park
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A wild female box turtle doing her thing at West Rock Nature Center

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