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November Newsletter 2013, Volume 4, Number 11
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs

BasketballBasketball

Girls Only Basketball Clinic
Ages 8-10 years old (Thursdays 5:15-6:45)
11-13 years old (Thursdays 6:45-8:15)
Registration starts 10/3 to 11/21
Program starts Nov. 28.
Where: Troup School
Cost: $15.00 per child

6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals:
Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing
This program is for girls who are beginner basketball players

In this Issue:

Boys Only Basketball Clinic

Ages 8-10 years old (Thursdays 5:15-6:45)
11-13 years old (Thursdays 6:45-8:15)
Registration starts 10/3 to 11/21.
Program starts Nov. 28.
Where: King Robinson School
Cost: $15.00 per child
6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals:
Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing
This program is for boys who are beginner basketball players

For more information contact:
Felicia Shashinka 203-946-8088 or fshashinka@newhavenct.net or
Rex Cone (203) 946-8022 or rcone@newhavenct.net
Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Basketball League
Registration: begins Oct. 15 and ends Nov.12th (Must show verification of grade)
Registration forms: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp
Practices start the week of Nov. 12th
(Game schedules will be handed out at practices) Practice will be during the week according to availability.

Kindergarten will have instruction and games at John Martinez 9-10am Saturdays registration ends Nov. 21, 2013
1st-2nd grades play at John Martinez 10-1pm Saturdays registration ends Nov. 21, 2013
3rd-4th play at John Martinez 5:30-7:30pm Thursday & Fridays (games), and at Wexler 9-1pm Saturdays.
5th-6th grades play at John Martinez and King/Robinson Thursdays nights from 5:15-8:15pm.
7th-8th grades play at Troup Friday nights 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: $20


SwimmingSwimming Lessons - Ages 4-18

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
4:00-4:45pm
5:00-5:45pm
6:00-6:45pm
7:00-7:45pm
Session 1 - Oct. 1st -Nov. 14th (FULL)
Session 2 - Jan. 7th-Feb. 13th
Session 3 - March 4th-April 10th
Session 4 - April 29th-June 5th

Open Swim

John Martinez
Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm
Hillhouse
Thursdays 4:00-7:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Volleyball League volleyball

Volleyball League at Clinton Avenue School
293 Clinton Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513
Starting November 12, 2013
Mondays-Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Now Accepting Registrations - All Levels... Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Register as an Individual or Team

City of New Haven Volleyball League:
We bring together people of all skill levels and backgrounds to enjoy the pleasure of team play, healthy competition, and good exercise. We provide a source of pride for players, coaches, parents and community. Through volleyball, we contribute to the improvement of the communities in which we live and work.

For more information call Ozzie - (203) 314-8056
www.Facebook.com/NewHavenVolleyball


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Ranger Road ShowRanger hat

Bringing nature, outdoor education, and adventure recreation to the residents of New Haven.
Wednesday in the first week of November, be on the lookout for the Ranger Road Show! Our Ranger Bus will be filled with nature based recreation activities for children of all ages.

Date & Time Program
November 6, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm Jocelyn Square

Activities may include live animal show, animal tracking, nature crafts, owl pellets and more…
All activities are FREE!!

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net

Ranger Road Show - Senior Edition

Be on the lookout for the Ranger Road Show on Tuesday mornings at your local Senior Center or Housing Complex! Our Ranger Bus will be filled with nature based recreation activities for adults of all ages. Activities may include live animal show, animal tracking, birding, nature walks and more…
All activities are FREE!!

Date & Time Program
Wednesday, November 13 - 9:30 am-11:00 am Dixwell/Newhallville

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net

Rec & Roll Road Show

We bring the fun and games to you!
Come Visit Us, Every Wednesday
Free of Charge!

Wednesday in the first week of November, be on the lookout for the Rec & Roll Fun Bus! The Fun Bus will be filled with physical recreation activities and arts and crafts for children of all ages.

Mobile playground

Date Program
Wednesday, November 6, 4:30pm to 6:00pm Eastview Terrace

For more information call New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203.946.8027.


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Road Bike Trip - Saybrook Point to Essex Loop

Martin TorresquinteroThe Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will lead a road bike trip to Old Saybrook and Essex CT, on November 16, 2013. This is an especially scenic ride over mostly flat terrain that visits several places on the Old Saybrook coastline with spectacular views of long Island Sound. Among these are Fenwick, Cornfield Point and Indiantown Beach. The ride then heads inland for a visit to the quaint New England village of Essex with a special view of the Connecticut River from the town dock and boat launch adjacent to the Connecticut River Museum.

Total Distance 30.2 Miles Elevation Gain 497 feet
The ride goes along paved roads, with a short section of rough pavement, thus, suitable for all kind of bikes, however, road bikes will be the preferred type. Please note that this is a street ride, so participants must feel comfortable and know how to ride with vehicular traffic.

Van and support vehicle will depart New Haven from the corner of Cold Spring and Orange Streets at 9:00AM Sharp and will return about 3:15PM. Vehicle ride will be about 1 hour each way. Please meet at the designated spot no later that 9:00AM as to allow plenty of time for loading and securing the bikes.

Cost:
New Haven residents: registration $10 per person includes transportation, copy of map, beverages and snacks
Non New Haven residents: registration fee $15 dollars per person includes copy of map, beverages and snacks

Optional charges:
Bicycle and helmet rental: $10 per person
Minimum age for bike rental: 12 years of age, when accompanied by an adult.
Participants must know how to safely operate and ride a 21-speed bicycle
Frame sizes available for rental are between 13 to 21 inches.
All rental bikes are 21-speed mountain bikes, equipped with front suspension.
All rental helmets are sanitized prior to each excursion.
Bike rentals must be processed by no later than Friday at 5:00PM

Participants must bring the following: bicycle, layers of clothing including pants and jacket, helmet, 2 full water bottles, snacks, sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent, spare tube for your bike, and day pack or pannier to carry spare clothes and gear. All participants must wear helmets while riding with the group.

Pre-registration is mandatory and space is limited to 16 riders. Please specify which type of bike you will be using, tube size, and if your wheels are equipped with quick release mechanisms, Bicycles will be secured on bike tracks attached to the support vehicle.

For pre-registration or for more information please contact:
Martin Torresquintero - 203 946 6768, mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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Bike Repair Workshop

Bike repairSooner or later a cyclist will have to deal with a flat tire, derailed chains, brakes issues, etc. Be prepared for this and other such problems by learning some basic bicycle repair and maintenance techniques.

The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will hold a clinic on flat repair, basic maintenance, and on-the-road skills, on Thursday November 14, 2013 at 5:30PM 720 Edgewood avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. Cost of this workshop is $5 dollars for New Haven Residents and $10 for non New Haven residents.

Please pre-register and bring clothes that may get stained with grease. Tools will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their bikes, or choose one of the bikes that will be available.


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New Haven USFWS Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Designation Ceremony

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On October 30, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe designated a project that has been taking place in the New Haven Harbor Watershed as an urban wildlife refuge partnership. The Service manages more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 150 million acres across America. Refuges are the best of America’s wild places, protecting iconic species such as Florida panther, loggerhead sea turtles and Canada lynx. But they are mostly in rural areas. With 80 percent of Americans living in cities, the Service is developing a new type of refuge partnership to forge connections between the National Wildlife RefugeSystem, natural resource conservation and urban communities.

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New Haven Park Rangers and Park staff with Dan Ashe at Dedication Ceremony

Features of the New Haven Harbor Watershed partnership include creating a network of wildlife-friendly habitat oases and habitat improvements in municipal parks, schoolyards, vacant lots, front yards, and units of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

In partnership with Audubon Connecticut, the New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center, the Yale Peabody Museum and local neighborhood groups, the project will expand the Schoolyard Habitat program, establish habitat oases sites, and provide environmental education programs and workshops to local students and teachers.

Urban Wildlife Oases in New Haven CT in Mardi Welch Dickinson's Blog

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Brightening Up Lighthouse Point Park

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The high school students and Amistad Academy are volunteering for a service project that brightens up the parking lot at Lighthouse Point Park by painting all of the concrete blocks and jersey barriers. Art teacher Rebecca LeQuire has gotten some of her students to help finish a long project that started with the Summer Camp kids this past Summer. We hope that by the second week of November the project will be completed. Thanks to all who helped brighten up Lighthouse Point Park.


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Disaster Preparedness: are you ready?Disaster preparation

Presented by New Haven Parks Recreation & Trees and
The New Haven Public Library - Free to the Public
By Martin Torresquintero, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013. 6:00PM
    Fair Haven Public Library
    182 Grand Ave. New Haven, CT 06513
    Tel: 203 946-8115
  • New Haven Parks Office
    720 Edgewood Avenueon
    Tuesday November 19 at 6:00PM
    Tel: 203 946 6768

Fire, earthquake, Hurricanes, flooding, winter storms, extreme cold, industrial accidents,
all may occur in our area.
• Learn the basics of how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
• Learn about emergency and survival kits
• Learn about local emergency management programs, FEMA and American Red Cross guidelines
• And much more…

Do not get caught unprepared!


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West River Cleanup Day

We had a great turn out today at the clean-up today. There were 4 8th Grade Students, One Teacher Advisor, and One Parent from Barnard School; folks from the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation, a person from Citizens Campaign for the Environment, as well as others from the community, too.

Cleanup crew at West RiverCleanup crew at West River

I thank all of you for coming out and helping out today. What was accomplished: we cleaned up the Wetlands across from the Nature Center on the side of Route 34/Derby Avenue and the grass area as well, the Rugby/Soccer Field, the Open Space around the Nature Center, the Boat Launch by the Nature Center and Vacant Homeless Sites by the corner of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard/Legion Avenue in the park along the West River. We collected 25 Trash Bags, 6 Tents, blankets, sleeping bags, clothing, a chair, two wooden fence sections as well as other random items that we placed in the 25 trash bags. It was a nice team effort.

We had awesome weather. At the end I called the Santavan from Parks Maintenance, Keith and Andre came by and together we loaded everything up and it was hauled away.

~ Submitted by Ranger Harry Coyle


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New Haven Park Improvement Projects - Cold and Colonial Springs

Over the past 4 months, the New Haven Parks Department has been involved in a few projects that we would like to share with our public.

At East Rock Park, our two historic springs, Cold and Colonial, have received some rehabilitation. Issues like stone work repairs and replacement, cleaning wall surfaces, drainage and pathways surfaces have been addressed. At the Colonial Spring site, there are plans to install a park bench overlooking the scenic Mill River. This work will insure that these park features will be there to enjoy for years to come.

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Cold Springs at East Rock Park
Collonial SpringsCollonial Springs
Colonial Spring at East Rock Park

Out at Lighthouse Point Park, we have been working on recapturing the Loop Trail that has been over grown for years. Situated on top of a dike, that was created to prevent flooding in the park, we have cleared and smoothed about half of entire trail. Once completed, this trail, with provide excellent views of tidal Morris Creek and adjacent Salt marshes. Bird watchers, nature lovers, walkers and science educators will appreciate the recreational and educational opportunities found along this pathway. Presently , about two-thirds of the entire trail is completed and plans are in the works to finish the rest by early next year.

Special thanks to the New Haven Board of Park Commissioners for fully funding this project.


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Nature PalsNature Pals

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00 through November 27
New Location: Barnard Nature Center, 200 Derby Avenue

Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and outdoor activities. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine!

$48 for 8 week session ($6/week).
$7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Email naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information and to pre-register, or
check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NaturePalsFOEP


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Ranger Program Schedules

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

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park
Staff: Dan Barvir & Wray Williams, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Program Leader
Tue 5 10am to 12noon Fall Hike up Indian Head Peak Barvir
  5 1:30pm to 3:30pm Talking to Turkeys-Make a Turkey Caller
$3.00 fee for Supplies
Williams
Wed 6 8am to 11am Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
Fri 15 10am to 12noon Bird Walk at East Shore Park
Meet at Tennis Courts & Wildlife Demo Garden, Woodward Ave
Barvir
Sat 16 10am to 1pm Park Clean up with the Friends of East Rock Park Barvir
Wed 20 8am to 11am Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
  20 1:30pm to 3:30pm Talking to Turkeys-Make a Turkey Caller
$3.00 fee for Supplies
Williams
Wed 27 Noon to 1:30pm Pre Thanksgiving Lunch Walk Williams
Sat 30 9am to 12noon Last Hawk Watch of the Year at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
  9, 23&30 8am to 11am Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park  

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 946-6086 for directions, more information, and to register for these programs. All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School. The main entrance is adjacent to the picnic pavilion in College Woods.


Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Park Ranger

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Fri 1 3:30-4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Sat 2 10 am -1 pm West River Walk (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 4 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
Meet at the Atwater Senior Center at 26 Atwater Street
Harry
Wed 6 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  6 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
Meet in front of East Shore Senior Center at 411 Townsend Avenue
Harry
Thu 7 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
Meet in front of Community Action Agency at 419 Whalley Avenue
Harry
Fri 8 1-2 pm Autumn Nature Walk
Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts
Harry
  8 3:30-4:30 pm Tree Walk Meet in front of the Edgewood Ranger Station Harry
Sat 9 11 am-12 pm Migration and Hibernation Program
New Haven Free Public Library-Fair Haven Branch at 182 Grand Avenue
Harry
Tue 12 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
With Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center at Edgewood Park’s Gazebo
Harry
Wed 13 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  13 12:30-1:30 pm Senior Nature Walk
Meet in front of Casa Otonal at 135 Sylvan Avenue # 1
Harry
Fri 15 3:30-4:30 pm Autumn Nature Walk
Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue
Harry
Mon 18 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 20 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 21 3:30-4:30 pm *Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 25 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 26 10-11 am Autumn Nature Walk
Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts
Harry
Wed 27 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry

Pre-registration for programs is Mandatory by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at: (203) 691-3539 or hcoyle@newhavenct.net for directions, more information, and to pre-register for these programs. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven/Non New Haven Residents except as noted. The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34.
* Fee required:
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.


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Airline Trail
Block Island - September 21


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