New Haven Parks Newsletter
July Newsletter July 2010, Volume 1, Number 5

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

Summer Camp Brochures Second and Third sessions still open!!
Click here to Register for Summer Camp and Programs

Get the Summer Camp 2010 BrochureCamps run for three two-week sessions unless otherwise noted.

Session 2: July 12 - 23
Session 3: July 26 - Aug 6

Breakfast and lunch are provided unless otherwise noted.
Extended day (before and after-camp care) is available where indicated.
City camps offer swimming, arts and crafts, special activities, trips, and sports.

Nature Pals - Summer camp for young nature lovers, with games, hiking, field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, and nature study.
Eco Adventure Camp -
A unique, challenging and fun combination of outdoor adventure and environmental education. Canoeing/Kayaking, nature interpretation, hiking, rock climbing & ropes course, mountain biking, scuba diving, and fishing.
Junior Adventure Camp - A traditional outdoor camp for children.
Swinging Stars Theater Camp - Lights! Camera! Action! Be a star at New Haven’s drama camp at Hill Regional Career High School.
College Coaches Girls Basketball Camp - High intensity, skill-development camp will to push limits in basketball skills and techniques. Develop footwork, shooting off the dribble, shooting off the pass, free throw shooting, and post/perimeter shooting.
Midnight Basketball Association League - NCAA sanctioned leagues, for college and high school girls teams, at Ralph Walker Rink
Hershey Track & Field Program - Aspiring track and field stars can hone their skills every week-day evening this summer at Bowen Field.

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Soccer, Golf
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Wildflower Walk, Bird Walks, Trail Work
Edgewood - Spring and Senior Walks, Nature Pals, CT Trail Days Hike, Pond Life Exporation, Family Fun Day
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Sea Creatures Touch Tanks
West Rock - Forestival, Longest Day Hike, Rock Climbing, Sand Art
Outdoor Adventure - Kayaking Clinic, Canoe New Haven, Stiper/Bluefish Trip, Full Moon Kayaking

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Soldiers & Sailors

Special Events
- July 4 - Red, Whites, and Blues Band - featuring Earnie Williams. Admission $15, accompanied children FREE


Ernie WilliamsRed, White & “The Blues”

Sunday - July 4, 2010 3:00 - 10:00 pm
East Rock Summit, New Haven, CT

Concert from 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Featuring Ernie Williams, Blues Legend
Benefit - all proceeds for Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument Fund

~ Monument Tours
~ Parking & Shuttle
~ Entertainment
~ Old-fashioned BAR-B-Q
~ Food Concessions
~ Horse-drawn carriage rides

$15.00/adult ticket
Children are FREE with ticketed adult)

Come celebrate the Fourth of July on the top of East Rock. Tickets are on sale now. Come and enjoy live music by Ernie Williams, Blues Legend, Old Fashion BBQ, Horse-drawn Carriage rides, and Fireworks.

Tickets are available for purchase at:
New Haven City Clerk’s Office, 200 Orange Street or
Parks and Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue
Checks are payable to: Board of Park Commissioners

Get More Info
On Parks Website

You can also reserve tickets by email to: or

Earnie WilliamsErnie Williams’ Biography

Ernie played his first guitar in the 30's; he was 13 and living in a shack on a Virginia Plantation. He spent his days picking tobacco and his nights bending the blues on a beat up six-string. By the 40's, he earned the right to play with the local bluesmen at the Saturday night Fish Fries in Halifax County, Virginia. At the age of 19, he bought a one-way ticket to Harlem, NY. In the 50's, he played amateur nights dives to the famed Apollo Theater.

In the 70's when the blues scene was waning, he formed a new band, playing gigs in local bars and hosting blues jams whenever he could slip away from his minimum wage jobs. Over the next two decades, he maintained his post as a fixture of Albany's blues community, a scene hidden away in the dingy rooms of the city's toughest neighborhoods.

In 1992, he formed a new band and Ernie Williams was about to realize his dream. Although the band members have changed through the years, Ernie has remained one of the most beloved performers in the region. To date, Ernie has released six CD's. At 80+ years young, Ernie continues to say "this is just the beginning". Knowing his spirit and motivation, that's entirely possible!

Summer Community Recreation

This summer we will be providing evening recreation for the youth of New Haven. We will be in 11 locations across the City of New Haven from 4-8pm from July 6 to August 6.

Click here to visit the New Haven Parks website for a complete list of locations and schedule.

SCR sites will be: Truman, Career, Hillhouse, Martinez, King/Robinson, Troup, Wexler, Ross/Woodward, Nathan Hale, Micro Society on Valley St., and Clinton Ave.

For more information, please contact Felicia Shashinka at

East Shore Erosion Project

A major feature of East Shore Park are the bluffs bordering the shoreline of Long Island Sound. Over the years coastal storms have eroded the bluffs resulting in loss of parkland, damage to the walkway at the top of the bluffs and creating a hazard to park users.

East Shore

To stop the erosion and loss of parkland, the Parks Department applied for a permit to install shoreline stabilization from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. The permitting process took seven years to complete.

East Shore

Work has been completed to protect the shoreline by placement of rip-rap boulders to hold the soil and sand dunes fortified by shoreline plantings. The scenic walkway at the top of the bluff has been repaired.

East Shore

The project was designed by Stantec, a consulting firm from Hamden and constructed by Diversified Specialty Services of New Haven. The project cost was $509,000 and was paid for from city capital funds. In the future, the Parks Department plans to do additional shoreline protection.

Community Gardens and Greenspaces

July is gardening month! We have residents all over the City Of New Haven planting in their community gardens and greenspaces. A few of the community project sites are listed below. If you are interested in working in a garden or greenspace and you don’t see one close to where you live, please call Doreen at 203-946-2203 and I will help you to find an appropriate place for you to join.

More on the
Parks web site

Come and meet your neighbors at your local greenspace or community garden. You can participate in improving your neighborhood.


  • Dover Beach - 6 pm Tuesdays
  • Peace Garden & Monitor Square (Ella Grasso Blvd.) - 6 pm Wednesdays
  • Seawall Park/Morris Cove – 6 pm Wednesdays
  • Cedar Hill – Rock Street near East Rock Park 5:30 pm Fridays
  • Greenwich/Kimberly Greenwich Avenue near Kimberly Park – 6:30 or 7 pm Fridays

Community Gardens

  • English Street Garden (near Ferry Street) 10 a.m. am Saturdays
  • Davenport Garden 145 Davenport Avenue (call for day & time)
  • Ruopollo Manor 480 Ferry (call for day & time)

New Haven is Passionate for Perennials

Please donate some of your divided perennials so that they can be planted throughout the city. Call Doreen Larson-Oboyski 2039462203 or email for donations.

Also, stop by and take a look at the beautiful Bird Sanctuary at the corner of Ivy Street and Dixwell Avenue. This sanctuary is also the home to lots of butterflies and dragonflies. It is an oasis in the middle of Newhallville. This attractive spot is tended by the coordinator Jeanette Thomas and her family and neighbors.

Photo Gallery

The students are putting together a tool shed for English Street Community Garden.
The Parks Department provided wood chips and helped remove materials for the cleanup
and restructuring of the garden

Architects for Humanity members Britton Rogers and Derek Byron are constructing a
Living Wall and Chris Randall, Executive Director of the New Haven Land Trust is joining them.
Again, the Parks Department provided wood chips and help picking up debris at this garden.
The Architects won a national contest with their design of the Grand Acres Community Garden.

Hopkins Students participating in the Senior Community Service Project worked on
Lenzi Park Greenspace Project. One of the projects was to clean and re-paint the beautiful mural designed by New Haven Artist Tony Falcone with the help of the neighborhood residents.

A neighborhood Barbeque at the “Little Farm” on Starr Street

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