New Haven Parks Newsletter
August Newsletter August 2010, Volume 1, Number 6

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

Sports and Recreation - Programs for Fall

Programs will start in October. For information, visit the New Haven Parks website in September to download schedules and registration forms.

  • Flag football ages 8- Adult
  • Co-ed Volleyball (middle school)
  • Beginner Basketball Clinics 7-10 boys & girls
  • Swimming lessons
  • Adult aerobics
  • Lunch time Walk on the green

For information contact:
Felicia C. Shashinka, Recreation Supervisor, New Haven Parks & Recreation email

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Soccer, Golf
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Bat Walk
Edgewood - Family Fun Day
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Sea Creatures Touch Tanks, Kayaking, Fishing
West Rock - Bat Hikes, Build a Bat House
Outdoor Adventure - Kayaking Clinic, Canoe New Haven

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Coach Bill Dixon -
StriperNew Haven summer basketball league still a hotbed

Bill Dixon, center, who coordinates the New Haven Summer League of women's basketball teams that include college players at the Ralph Walker Rink at Blake Field in New Haven is in its 30th year of operation. With Dixon are Western Connecticut University basketball players Melissa Teel of Hamden, left, and Stephanie Slonski of Griswold, right.

Article: NEW HAVEN - Thirty years ago, long before Huskymania made women's basketball an unofficial state religion, Bill Dixon believed with every fiber in his soul that downtown New Haven could become a haven for women's basketball.

Read the New Haven Register feature article:
Click here for the full article

2010 Greenspace Program

August is here and we made it through a very hot July planting and maintaining community gardens and greenspaces. The 2010 Greenspace Program officially ends this month, but many of the neighborhood participants will continue working and enjoying their project sites in August and the fall.

We are still accepting donations of perennials and shrubs. If you are dividing your perennials and would like to donate some of them so that they can be planted throughout the city, please call Doreen Larson-Oboyski 203-946-2203 or We would especially like (not exclusively) some native plants.

New Haven’s Community Gardeners are watering their veggies. Lots of tomatoes and other vegetables are ripe and being eaten by many. We hope everyone is having a great gardening year.

Please take a look at some of the participants in the Greenspace Program:

Trail Work
Lenzi Park planting native perennials.

Lenzi Park constructing a path recycling brick that had been impeding the growth of the trees.

Neighbors planting with URI Intern Jennifer on Mill River Street.

Some of the neighbors on Mill River Street with some SOHO group members and URI intern Anna.

Pardee Planters planting a tree near Doty Place in the East Shore.

Hallock Street residents planting a tree.

URI intern Salima giving some pointers to the Hallock Street residents.

Two volunteers on Hallock Street getting ready to help plant some flowers around the base of the new tree.

A landscaping project at Liberty Square Housing Coop on Liberty Street. Residents are planting some shrubs and perennials

Contact Doreen Larson-Oboyski, for more information email

Fall Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park

East Rock Park is proud to announce that the Fall Bird Migration is just around the corner.

Lighthouse Point Park has long been known as one of Connecticut's premiere locations to view migrating hawks. In past years Lighthouse Point has been classified as an Important Birding area by Audubon, CT.

Join New Havenís Parks and Recreation Departmentís Ranger Dan on one our weekly morning Bird walks, thought out the months of September and October.

For dates and times of walks, please check out our Department's Website Activity Calendar.

Migration Festival

Contact Ranger Dan Barvir, East Rock Ranger, call 203-946-6086 or email dbarvir@newhavenct.. Event is Free to the Public.

Summer Camp Ends August 6

Actors in the AllStars production of "Hip-Hop with Aesop" at Career High School.

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