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March Newsletter 2014, Volume 5, Number 3
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Sports and Recreation Programs

Swimming Lessons - Ages 4-18

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
4:00-4:45pm
5:00-5:45pm
6:00-6:45pm
7:00-7:45pm
Session 3 - March 4th-April 10th
Session 4 - April 29th-June 5th

In this Issue:

Open Swim

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

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


New Haven Volleyball Announces 2014 U18 Roster volley ball

The First New Haven Volleyball Junior’s Team

New Haven Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the 2014 Girl’s Junior Volleyball U-18 Team roster. The 9 players were selected from their participation in the New Haven Volleyball League, and from their outstanding sportsmanship and performance during the high school volleyball season. Seven of the selected players come to us from New Haven’s Wilbur Cross High School Volleyball, and the two come from North Haven High School Volleyball.

Senior - Kiana Hernandez - Wilbur Cross HS
Senior - Sharmein Rodriguez - North Haven HS
Junior - Tatiana Hernandez - Wilbur Cross HS
Junior- Lauren Gomez - North Haven HS
Soph. - Rachael Wynne - Wilbur Cross HS

Soph. - Korina DeFelice - Wilbur Cross HS
Soph. - Dimitria Woods - Wilbur Cross HS
Soph. - Amanda Pereira - Wilbur Cross HS
Fman. - Tariana Hernandez - Wilbur Cross HS

volleyball gameVolunteer Coach Johnathan Aquino, Division I player at the New Haven Volleyball League for Team ID Brazil, comes to us with professional and international volleyball experience. With only a two week notice, Coach Aquino's first assignment was to prepare the team to compete at Chelsea Piers Connecticut U18 Volleyball Tournament Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 in Stamford, CT.

New Haven Volleyball and New Haven Parks & Recreation's goal is to promote volleyball in the City of New Haven and become a respected and widely recognized volleyball program in the State of Connecticut. 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 contact: Felicia Shashinka at 203-946-8088 or email at NewHavenVolleyball@Gmail.com.


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Open School Programs

Career - 100 Legion Avenue
Monday - Thursday, 5-8pm
- Offering adult exercise option:
- Walking track
- Weight Room
aerobics
John Martinez - 100 James Street
Monday - Friday 5-8:30pm
Saturdays 10:30am - 2:30pm
Enter building by doors next to cafeteria
Roberto Clemente - 360 Columbus Avenue
Monday - Thursday 5-8:30pm
Enter from backside of school
Wexler Grant - 55 Foote Street
Monday - Thursday, 5-8pm
Saturdays, 9:30am to 2:00pm
Enter building on Dixwell side behind old Q-House
Hill Central School - 140 Dewitt Street
Monday-Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Enter through front entrance
King Robinson - 150 Fournier Street
Monday - Friday 5-8:30pm
Enter upstairs gym entrance
Ross Woodward - 185 Barnes Avenue
Monday,- Friday 5-8pm
Clinton Avenue School - 293 Clinton Avenue
Friday 5-8pm
Enter behind building by parking lot, gym doors on right
Beecher - 100 Jewel Street
Monday - Friday 5-8pm
Troup School - 259 Edgewood Avenue
Monday - Fridays, 5-8:309pm
Enter from parking lot path to doors, gym on right
Sheridan - 191 Fountain Street
Fridays 5-8pm

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


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Head Start Athletics Program

This program provides young aspiring athletes the opportunity to learn the basic motor skills of all different sports through repetition, games, and challenges.

Who: For children ages 4 to 6
When: Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am beginning March 29th. 6 weeks.
Where: Martinez School, 100 James St. New Haven
How Much: $25 per child

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


Free Fitness - Get FitFree Fitness Program - Drop In and Participate, All Ages.

Get Fit Sundays and New Haven Parks and Recreation are Promoting
Free Fitness for the City of New Haven Residents.
Sign and Return Registration Form to the Above Address.

Martinez School
Tuesdays & Thursday
6:30 to 7:30pm
Career High School
Mondays & Wednesdays
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Beecher School
Mondays & Wednesdays
5:30pm to 6:30pm

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


Kayak LessonsBasic Kayak Lessons

Early Spring Pool Sessions for 2014
Tuesday Night Classes
March 11, March 18, and March 25
From 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This time is for kayak lessons. Our ACA Instructors are there to help you achieve your kayak paddling goal whether it be learning to roll, capsize recoveries or just work on the basic boat handling skills. Upon request, we can accommodate those who wish to work in a canoe. We use only ACA certified instructors in both kayak and canoe.


Open Pool - Tuesday Nights
March 11, March 18, and March 25 - From 7 pm – 9 pm

There will be open pool sessions at Hill House High School in New Haven CT. These sessions are open to anyone wishing to practice their paddling skills. Lessons and rental equipment are available upon request.

Fees:
Tuesday Lessons $40 for 2 hours (non New Haven Resident $50)
Open Pool $15 for 2 hours (non New Haven resident $20)
Private lesson $75 per hour (additional to pool fee)
Equipment rental $15 per session (non New Haven Resident $20)
Registration:
Tuesday Class registration is required. Open pool is first come first served unless you have called to reserve your place in the pool.

If you have any questions, to reserve your place in the pool, or to request lessons or equipment please contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator mtorresq@newhavenct.net Or call 203-946-6768

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


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Outdoor Adventure ClubRanger hat

After School Archery - Early Spring 2014

Tuesdays March 18, 25, April 1, & April 8
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Wintergreen Building
200 Wintergreen Ave New Haven, CT
Ages: 10-13
Cost: Free to New Haven residents.

The After School Archery series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students. Open to New Haven Residents Only

For more information For more information email mtorresq@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


Public Family Archery - Early Spring 2014

Tuesdays March 18, 25, April 1, & April 8
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wintergreen Building, 200 Wintergreen Ave New Haven, CT
Ages: 10+
Cost $60 per New Haven Resident, $80 for Non-Resident

The 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. All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students. Parent and child are encouraged to shoot together. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions.

For more information For more information email mtorresq@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027

Indoor archery range
New Haven Parks new indoor archery range
at Wintergreen Building
   

Active Adults - Stay active. Meet new people. Learn new skills. Ages: 50+

  • Navigating with GPS (Geocaching) at West Rock Nature Center
    Friday, Mar 21, 9:30-11:00am, $5/$10*
  • Hike to East Rock Summit and Climb Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
    Friday, Apr 25, 9:30-11:30am, $5/$10
  • Guided Bike Ride on Farmington Canal Line
    Friday, May 30, 9:30-11:30am, $5/$10**

*Use of GPS units included in the price. Participants may bring their own.
**Bike and helmet may be rented for an additional cost

For information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To register please call: 203-946-8027


After-School Adventures - Winter/Spring 2014

March 26 - Geocaching
April 30 - Shelter Building/Survival
May 28 - Pond Life Studies

Who: Students ages 8-11.
When: Tuesday’s 3:45 pm-4:45 pm
How Much: Free!
Where: Edgewood Park (meet at 720 Edgewood Ave)
With: New Haven Park Rangers
Why:
• To have a better appreciation of the natural world in and around New Haven
• Learn outdoor skills
• Learn leadership skills
• Build confidence
• Be physically and mentally active

For more information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Bike Repair Workshop Part II

Bike repair workshopTuesday March 11, 2014
5:30 PM
200 Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven CT

A continuation of our basic repair worksop, this hands-on workshop will focus on lighting systems, lubrication and cleaning of road and mountain bikes, basic tool kits, upgrading pedals, and chain care.

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 are provided. Participants are welcome to bring their bikes (must be clean), or choose one of the bikes that will be available. Replacement parts are not included in class fee.

Contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Martin Torresquintero (203)946-6768 mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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Birders Notes:

Winter Waterfowl on New Haven’s Tidal Rivers

mallard ducksThanks to a cold winter, much of the fresh water ponds, lakes and rivers, have frozen over. This has forced many species of Waterfowl (ducks and geese) to be concentrated in the open water found in our various tidal rivers, such as the Mill, West and Quinnipiac Rivers along with Morris Creek. These tidal water areas do not freeze up like fresh water bodies due to their salt content and constant tidal movement; that helps prevent freezing, except in the most frigid of weather. These concentrations of large numbers of numerous types of waterfowl offer birders the opportunity and challenge of viewing wildlife at a relatively close distance with binoculars and scopes designed for bird observation.

Not all the birds one can view in these areas are waterfowl. Large numbers of waterfowl attract predators, winged and four legged, that can also been seen hunting their prey. Four legged predators that hunt the salt marches and water edge include: Coyotes, Red Fox, and Raccoons. Humans also should be listed here, due to our practice of duck hunting, which is permitted within the Quinnipiac River boundaries. Avian predators include bird of prey like Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons and Great Horned Owls. Golden Eagle is a possibility, but these birds are rare in Southern New England.

Waterfowl species that one might find floating on our tidal rivers include: Mute Swans and Canada Geese. Fish eating ducks like the Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers can be observed diving for food. Black ducks, Mallards, Gadwall, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, American Widgeon and the now uncommon Canvasback may all be found. Many of the duck species are quite colorful, so take some time, get outdoors and enjoy.

Many local bird clubs lead weekend trips to observe birds on a regular basis, or join one of your own New Haven Park Rangers on guided bird walks. Our public program schedules are listed on our Park’s website and in our monthly newsletter.


Spring: Just around the Corner

Spring appears to be right around the corner, in spite of the February “arctic plunge” we experienced this year. March can be one of our most variable months for weather here in southern New England. Snow and cold weather can still be possible, along with one of our regions most notable weather events, called a “Northeaster”.

cardinalsSigns of spring are becoming more apparent as you take a stroll our park woodlands. Birds such as Cardinals and Morning Doves have begun to sing their mating songs. Ravens, Red-tailed Hawks and Peregrine Falcons can be seen performing courtships flights along the cliff faces of East and West Rock. Red-winged Blackbird and American Robin numbers build as new arrivals on migration pass through our area, heading north.

In the plant world, tree buds are beginning to swell and sap is running in our Maple Trees. Local farmers will be tapping these trees for their sugar rich sap that will be boiled down and rendered into a New England favorite “Maple Syrup”. Pussy Willow soft furry buds will be appearing in moist areas, along with the first flowers of the spring, Skunk Cabbage, followed by Dutchman’s Britches a little later in the month.

Even some insects will be making an appearance in the form of Flies, Midges and Honey bees on warm days. Spiders can be found hunting in protected grassy areas. Some moths become active and even one Butterfly species called the Morning Clock can be seen fluttering by in our woodlands. The Morning Clock is a good size butterfly, with rich brown wings trimmed with a yellow band.

On March 20th this year, spring officially begins. On that day the Sun crosses the Celestial equator granting us 12 hours of day and night. This annual happening is called the Spring Equinox and is repeated in the September as we welcome in autumn.

The New Haven Park Ranger program encourages you to get outside and take advantage of the natural wonders found through out our City’s parks. To find out more about Ranger lead walks in our parks, check out our monthly program calendars found on our Parks, Recreation and Trees Department website.

Submitted by Ranger Daniel Barvir, East Rock Park, 203-946-6086


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New Mini Exhibit at the Trowbridge Center at East Rock Park
Views and Clues to East Rock’s Past

Trowbridge Environmental CenterThe Park Ranger staff at Trowbridge Environmental Center is pleased to announce at a new small exhibit that will be on display from February until mid–April. The exhibit will feature interesting items found in the ground around the East Rock Park area by local metal detecting enthusiast, along with documents, paintings and prints pertaining to this area’s historic past.

The Trowbridge Center will be holding open house on the following dates and times for viewing of the exhibit:
Saturday March 8th & 22nd 1pm to 3pm

Call 203-946-6086 or email Ranger Dan for directions, more information

Trowbridge Center ExhibitTrowbridge Center Exhibit
Items found in the ground around the East Rock Park area


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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
Sat 8 10am to 12:30pm First Friends East Rock Park Clean up of 2014 Barvir
  8 1:00pm to 3pm East Rock Exhibit Open House Barvir
Mon 10 9am to 10:30am Daylight Savings Time Hike Williams
Thu 13 10am-11:30am Stroll up English Drive
Meet at English gate at Rice Field, East Rock
Barvir
Sun 16   St Patrick's Day Parade Staff
Mon 17 10am-11am St. Patrick's Day Snake Show Williams
  17 2pm-3pm St. Patrick's Day Snake Show Williams
Thu 20 10am-11:30am First Spring Bird Walk Barvir
Fri 21 10am-11:30am Signs of Spring Walk Barvir
Sat 22 11am to 12:30pm 1st Spring Saturday Walk Williams
  22 1pm to 3:00pm East Rock Exhibit Open House Staff
Tue 25 10am-11:30am Spring Bird Walk Barvir
Thu 27 10am-11:30am Spring Bird Walk Edgerton Park
Meet at the Edgehill Rd. Gate entrance
Barvir
  27 9:30-10:30am Spring Animal Tracking Williams
  27 2:30pm-3:30pm Spring Animal Tracking Williams
Fri 28 9am to 11:30am Spring Shoreline Bird Walk
Meet at the Long Wharf parking Area
Barvir

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.
*Dress for Outdoor weather conditions


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

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Mon 3 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Ave) Harry
Tue 4 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 5 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 7 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Ave) Harry
Mon 10 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 11 10-11 am Winter Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Wed 12 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  12 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(With Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center at Edgewood Park’s Gazebo)
Harry
Thu 13 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Sat 15 11 am-12 pm Spring Fun Program
(New Haven Free Public Library-Fair Haven Branch at 182 Grand Avenue)
Harry
Tue 18 12:30-1:30 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of Casa Otonal at 135 Sylvan Avenue # 1)
Harry
Wed 19 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  19 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 20 10-11 am First Day of Spring Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
  20 11 am-12 pm Senior Nature Walk
(With Community Action Agency at Edgewood Park’s Gazebo)
Harry
  20 1-2 pm First Day of Spring Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
  20 3:30-4:30 pm First Day of Spring Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry
Fri 21 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 26 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  26 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of East Shore Senior Center at 411 Townsend Avenue)
Harry
  26 4-5 pm Spring Fun Program
(New Haven Free Public Library-Mitchell Branch at 37 Harrison Street)
Harry
Fri 28 3:30-4:30 pm *Owl Pellet Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 31 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet at the Atwater Senior Center at 26 Atwater Street)
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. **(New Haven Residents-$5.00 Non New Haven Residents-$10.00)
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.


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Maple Tapping

On February 15, despite the snow in the ground and snow falling over their heads, a large group of Westville Residents congregated at Edgewood Park for a Maple Sugaring Clinic. The event was sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Park. The Friends of Edgewood Park held a program teaching the public how to tap Maple trees, collect sap, and the basics of Maple Syrup making. (Some photos Peter Casolino - New Haven Register)

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