New Haven Parks Newsletter
December Newsletter 2010, Volume 1, Number 10
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

Sports and Recreation - Programs for Winter

Girls Basketball


Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Basketball, Martial Arts, Football, Chess, Volleyball
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Birdwalks, Build a Birdfeeder, Candle Making Workshop, Giant Steps Hike, Animal Demonstration Lectures
Edgewood - Nature Walks, Wreath Making, Nature Pals Playgroup, Animal Tracking
Lighthouse Point - Closed for Winter
West Rock - Closed for Winter
Outdoor Adventure - Kayaking
Complete Listing: check the Parks calendar

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page - Basketball,

Special Events:
• Wreath/Candle Making Workshops
  Sunday, December 5 , 11AM - 3PM,
  Trowbridge at East Rock &
  Barnard Nature Center
  Click here for information

New Haven Parks & Recreation At Beecher School
100 Jewell Street New Haven, CT

Tuesdays & Fridays - Games at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30
League plays from January to March
2 leagues: 3rd - 5th Grade and 6th - 8th Grade
$20 Registration Fee due to 720 Edgewood Avenue before January 1st, 2011
For More Information Call: (203) 946-8088

Martial Arts

Grand Master George LoganThe Connecticut School Of Survival
Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy
360 Columbus Avenue, New Haven CT

Starting Tuesday December 7th, 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30

Featuring: Grand Master George Logan, over 40 consecutive years practicing martial arts.
Former U.S.A. and World Jiu-Jitsu champion.
Former New England Judo Champion.
His Sanuces Ryu instructor Dr. Moses Powell.
His Kumite Ryu instructor Soke Lil’ John Davis.
The Connecticut School of Survival prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, creed, physical disability, or language spoken.
For more information call (203) 946-8027

Arena Football

Outdoor Flag football has ended with the Super Bowl being played Saturday November 20th. The team merged victorious, East 36 / West 30.

Arena football will be starting in late January. Registration will start January 3rd. See the Web site for more information. The league will be divided by ages 5 & 6 year olds 7 & 8 year olds 9 & 10 year olds

Learn to Play Chess

Monday – Wednesday after school from 3-5 pm at Troup School
See Mr. Blue. This is a FREE Program.

For information contact:
Felicia C. Shashinka, Recreation Supervisor, New Haven Parks & Recreation
Visit the Parks Website Sports and Recreation Page or Download the Latest Flyers

32nd Annual Wreath Workshop and Candle Making Workshops

Join us to begin creating your decorations for the holidays. All necessary materials are available for making wreaths yourself from fresh pine, to decorate at the workshop or to decorate at home. Old fashioned candle hand dipping is demonstrated by Parks Rangers, starting with a wick and building layer-by-layer to create beautiful, decorative multi-colored candles. Candles can burned or hung from the mantlepiece as hand-crafted holiday decorations.

Wreath WorkshopSunday, December 5, 2010 - 11 AM - 3 PM

Traditional Wreath Workshop
At the Barnard Nature Center

Corner of Route 34 & Ella T. Grasso Blvd.
Entrance located on Route 34 Plain

  • Wreath: $ 8.00 each
  • Decorated Wreath: $10.00 each
  • Sand Ornaments: $1.00 each

For information contact:
Ranger Harry Coyle, New Haven Parks & Recreation
Call 203-946-8028 or Email

Wreath WorkshopSunday, December 5, 2010 - 11 AM - 3 PM

Candle Making Workshop
At East Rock Ranger Station
Corner of Cold Spring and Orange Streets

  • Candles: $1.00 each

For information contact:
Ranger Dan Barvir, New Haven Parks & Recreation
Call 203-946-6068 or Email


Holiday Tree Lighting Winter Festival - New Haven Green

On December 2, an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 thousand people participated in the annual tree lighting on the New Haven Green. There were carollers on stage, visits to Santa Claus, hayrides, carousel and and more. Happy Holidays from the New Haven Parks Department.

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Hawk watch season at Lighthouse Point Park Comes to a Close

Hawk at Lighthouse PointAs Lighthouse Point Park settles in for the cold winter and the Fantasy of Lights brightens the night, the annual Hawk watch, sponsored by the New Haven Bird Club and the New Haven Parks Department, announces that it tallied over 15,100 plus Birds of Prey this 2010 season. This is the highest count number in ten years.

Long known to birders as a fall hot spot for viewing migrating raptors and songbirds, observers have been collecting data on migrating birds for over 27years. This year, 16 species of hawks, eagle and falcons were observed along with over 170 plus songbird species by a talented crew of volunteer counters. This group of 7 daily count leaders were assisted by over 20 helpers. More than 2,000 visitors flocked to this nationally recognized “Important Birding Area” this fall. Highlights this season included a Migration festival in September, Park Clean ups, and a Butterfly and Hummingbird garden and many public hawks watch programs.

Bird Watchers at Lighthouse PointHawk Shielding Prey

The Hawk watch starts officially on September 1st and is manned till November 30th. Special thanks goes out to all the dedicated volunteers involved with this great site, this year they logged in over 600 hrs of data collection.

Join Us: The Lighthouse Point Park watch is open daily weather permitting, public is welcome. Join us next year after September 1st, if you would like to be a part of this annual migration miracle.

For information contact:
Ranger Dan Barvir, New Haven Parks & Recreation
Call 203-946-6068 or Email

Ranger Station Winter Closings

From November 15 to May 15, the West Rock Nature Center, and the Lighthouse Park Ranger Station are going to be closed, as well as Coogan Pavilion. The Parks Department has closed the buildings in order to save on energy, and move all inside programs to other facilities.

Ranger Wray have moved some of the animals to Trowbridge, where he will stay for the winter months. Ranger Terry moved from Lighthouse to Barnard Environmental center. Rangers Joe and Chris are now residing at 720 Edgewood. All Parks Rangers can still be reached by phone, by email or by leaving messages at their mailboxes.

Festival of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park

Easter Seals Goodwill Industries continues its holiday tradition and presents the
16th Annual Fantasy of Lights!

Festival of Lights

Drive through and enjoy a night filled with holiday cheer and enchanting lights. This wonderful festive event runs from Friday, November 19th through December 31st at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven.

Proceeds from these events allows Easter Seals Goodwill Industries to provide a wide variety of programs, from job placement services, to after-school programs for children and families, to educational and recreational activities for people with disabilities and other challenges.

Contact Liza Zielinski at 203.777.2000, extension 228, for more information.

Elm City Parks Conservancy - Annual Polar Plunge

Each year on January 1st, brave souls around the world start the New Year by stripping to their skivvies and plunging into icy water. Join ECPC at the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park for our Winter Festival, featuring New Haven’s version of this time-honored and wonderfully wacky tradition. Plungers collect sponsorship pledges in support of ECPC. In return, they get to soak in hot tubs and eat a huge brunch. ECPC also shares part of the pledge money raised by each participant with his favorite local park or open space.

ECPC Polar Plunge

This year ECPC is partnering with New Haven Land Trust so it should add more excitement. The Winter Festival at Lighthouse begins with a brunch ($10) at 11 and plunge at 12.

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