New Haven Parks Newsletter
May Newsletter May 2010, Volume 1, Number 3

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

Period Eras Military Living History

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument at East Rock commemorates military personnel of several eras. Period re-enactors participated around the Monument this month.

Solders and Sailors Monument

  • The Revolutionary War: Milford Militia (farmer/soldiers)
  • War of 1812: Coastal Privateers (naval)
  • Mexican War: US Army surgeon
  • US Civil War: Col. and company of Infantry

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Football, Soccer, Golf
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Spring Walks, Bird Walks, Trail Work, Lectures
Edgewood - Nature and Senior Walks, Nature Pals, 13th Annual Art Walk
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Sea Creatures Touch Tanks
West Rock - Who Eats What!, Hikes: Star Gazing and Sunset, Introduction to Archery
Outdoor Adventure - Kayak Clinics, Canoe New Haven Mill River

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page
Special Events
Soldiers and Sailors Monument Celebration

Lighthouse Point Park
The beach season is about to begin! Get your parking pass now!! Parking registration stickers are now available at the park office! Bring your car registration. Non-Resident fees will be $10 per day with out a sticker.
$50 for a season pass
$75 for a bus parking
New Haven Residents- No Charge

Here are few pictures of the event!

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument CelebrationHistoric Reeactors at East Rock
Historic Reeactors at East Rock

Grand Re-opening of East Rock Park’s Soldier's and Sailor's Monument
May Events:

Nature PalsMay 5 , Evening
Lecture: Extreme Monument Makeover. Learn from designer Gary Sorge of Stantec Engineering how the makeover of the 100+ year old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument was envisioned and implemented. From initial assessment to installation of a new spiral staircase, follow the process and multiple phases that brought this New Haven icon back to its’ original splendor.
- 5:00-5:30 - Reception with light refreshments
- 5:30 - Lecture to follow. Event is free to the public

Info: For more information, call (203) 946-8027.

May 22, All Day
Community Picnic:
Monument tours, music, Canoe & Kayak Rentals (9-1) on the Mill River with the New Haven Park Rangers.
Info: Contact Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Martin Torresquintero

For Information Contact or Visit: and
The Parks Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue

Get the Summer Camp 2010 BrochureSummer Camp Brochures are in!!

Download the Application off of the website or pick up an application at 720 Edgewood Ave., New Haven, CT 06515Director's Note:
The New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees has been
working hard to put together an interesting, enjoyable and exciting series of programs to help keep you busy throughout the summer. Successful programs from past summers and new offerings and opportunities are presented throughout the booklet to make this summer one of the best yet.

It seems like just yesterday that we were zipping up our winter coats and trying to stay warm; but, now, summer is right around the corner along with warm sunny days.In addition to the program information contained here, be sure to visit our website on line at to get locations of city splash pads and pools as well as playgrounds and parks city-wide. New Haven has a wealth of beautiful outdoor facilities and properties that can help to provide a wide array of opportunities for family summer fun. Discover your city and become a parks expert by visiting your beautiful park system.

Robert D. Levine,


Pardee Greenhouse
The Greenhouses are almost full of beautiful flowers! Neighborhood residents have volunteered their time on Wednesday mornings to plant 260 flats of annuals so far, with 36 in each flat we have a total of 9,360 to be planted in our Parks and throughout the city. There are also 400 pots of perennials so we know that the city will be blooming with a wonderful variety of spectacular color this spring and summer! For more information contact Doreen Larson-Oboyski 2039462203 or

13th Annual Artwalk
Westville Artwalk which will be held on May 7th through 9th will feature flowers planted in barrels in front of the businesses in Westville Village and at the Mitchell Library. Some of the volunteers in our greenhouse planting crew are from Westville.

Please join the celebration in Westville and take a look at the flowers - and the great artwork on display.
For more information see their website

Learn about pruning your trees and other important information about the care of trees at the
Westville Library
on May 13th.
For more information and to RSVP – contact URI at 203-432-6189.

New Haven is Passionate for Perennials
If you are dividing your perennials and would like to donate some of them to the Parks Department, please contact Doreen Larson-Oboyski 203-946-2203 or email her at Your perennials will be planted throughout the city.

Positive Risk Adventure

Positive AdventureThe objective of the “Positive Risk Adventure” has been to help reduce the onset, and prevalence, of violent behavior, including childhood aggression and conduct disorder, delinquency, and/or drug use among youth in New Haven. Likewise, it is also designed to improve and reward academic attendance. This newly created program is the result of a partnership between the Department of Parks Recreation and Trees’ Outdoor Adventure Program, and the Board of Education Department of Student Services.

Since the implementation of the this program in February 2010, the program has provided unique alternative opportunities that have fostered a new level of appreciation and respect for nature and parks’ land, to many youth from schools such as Wilbur Cross, Hill House, New Horizons, Dixwell New Light, and Urban Youth. The program has begun to connected participants with nature, and have provided them with a way to decompress, raised their eco-consciousness as well as their self-confidence.

April Vacation CampApril Vacation Camp

New Haven's kids had a great time this year during April Vacation Camp! Camp activities were centered in two locations in the city: Edgewood Park Coogan Pavilion and East Rock Park Trowbridge Environmental Center. The City of New Haven's Parks Rangers took them fishing at Lake Wintergreen, hiking at Sleeping Giant Park, played tennis at Edgewood Park courts, bike riding, rock climbing, archery, practiced team building and much more! Check out more pictures in the photo galleries on our website!


April Vacation Camp
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April Vacation Camp
April Vacation Camp
April Vacation Camp

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