New Haven Parks Newsletter
October Newsletter 2011, Volume 2, Number 10
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Community RecBeginners Basketball Clinics

Girls Only - Troup School
Boys Only - King/Robinson School
Ages 8-10 (Fridays 5:30-7:00)
11-13 (Fridays 7:00-8:30)

Starting Friday October 14th, 2011
6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals:
Dribbling, Shooting, Passing

For information contact: Felicia Shashinka at 203-946-8088
Visit the Parks Website for more info and Registration Form.

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Basketball, Swimmng
Ranger Programs
East Rock
Lighthouse Point
Barnard Center
Complete Listing: check the Parks calendar

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Halloween Costume Extravaganza!

Friday, October 28, 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Coogan Pavilion—Edgewood Park

Halloween JackOLantern

Time Event
5:30 PM—6:45 PM Costume Photo Shoot
$5 for a framed 4x6 photo
5: 30 PM—8:30 PM Halloween Dance Party
7:00 PM—7:30 PM Costume Contest
• Age Group Prizes!!!
7:45 PM Awards Ceremony
• Scariest
• Most Creative
• Funniest
8:30 PM Story Telling in
Field Behind Coogan
9:00 PM—10:30 PM Movie: Beetlejuice (PG)
Bring comfortable seating

Entrance Fee: Donation
The event will be held rain or shine!
For more information please call (203) 946-8027

Holiday Tree Sought for New Haven Green

Christmas Tree AppealThe staff of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees is looking for a very special tree to be used on the New Haven Green during the winter holidays.

The tree must be between 55 and 70 feet high and should be a Norway spruce or Douglas fir (but not a blue spruce). The donated tree will be decorated with over 30,000 lights; be the holiday centerpiece of the historic green and will be removed from your property free of charge. Trees between 25 and 40 feet high will be considered for future years or other locations.

To donate a tree call Christy Hass at the Parks’ Maintenance Division (203) 946-8004

Hawk Watching at Lighthouse Point Park

HawkMost people are unaware that Lighthouse Point Park offers some of the best hawk watching opportunities in the entire Northeast.

Annually hawks, falcons, eagles, songbirds as well as some species of Butterflies and Dragonflies move through this park on their journey south. For over 25yrs, trained volunteers have kept binoculars to the sky in order to record this passage of birds for Scientific research. Last year, over 15,000+ Birds of Prey were counted from the mid-field observation area in the park. Count period runs from September 1st to November 30th and hawk watch volunteers can be found there daily, except for rainy days.

We, at New Haven Parks and Recreation, encourage taking some time to visit Lighthouse Point Park this fall, to observe for yourself, this seasonal miracle of migration.

2011 Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park

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LogoClick here to view the photo gallery from this year's Migration Festival

Fall 2011 Adventure Programs

compassIntro to Geocaching
Use technology to navigate through the woods to find hidden treasures.
Fun for the entire family. GPS units provided. $10
Wednesday, October 5, 3:30- 5:30 pm - Edgewood Ranger Station

Sunset Hike
Join us for a series of hikes throughout some of New Haven’s most beautiful Parks. Free
Thursday, October 13, 12:30 - 5:15-7:30 pm -
East Rock Park, meet at Ranger Station

Information: Call or email Ranger Joe Milone
Phone: 203-946-6559
Registration: Parks Administration Office

For a complete Fall 2011 listing visit News on the Parks Website and download the flyer.

Fall Canoe Rentals on the Mill River

Beginners Welcome!

Where: Mill River - East Rock Park (Orange St Bridge)
When: Friday, October 14
Fee: $3 per New Haven Resident/ $5 for Non-Residents Fee is a per person rate.
2 to 4 participants per boat. No Pets allowed.
Time: 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

All gear and brief instruction will be provided. First-come, first-served.
For more information call Ranger Joe Milone at 203-946-6559 or
email him at

Senior TricyclesTricycles for Seniors

For your outdoor pleasure this fall, Parks is delighted to announce that they have purchased 5 new 3-wheel bikes for use by seniors that want to ride a bike that is safe even if your balance is not perfect, or if you have never ridden a bike before. You can go at your own pace. The bikes will be stored at Coogan Pavillion at Edgewood Park, an ideal place for a ride, not on busy streets. Ranger Harry Coyle will meet people there to provide access to the bikes. If they enjoy it, they may want to make it a weekly event.

On Thursday, September 15, an outing for 8 people was arranged. Some seniors biked, some walked, and one rode in her wheelchair.

October Public Programs at East Rock Park

Saturday 15 10am to 1pm Park Clean-up with the Friends of East Rock Park Ranger Dan Barvir
Saturday 15 11am to12:30pm Creepy Creatures Show Wray Williams
  3:00pm to 4:30pm Creepy Creature Show  
Thursday 20 3:30pm to 5:00pm Creepy Creature Show  
Tuesday 25 3:00pm to 4:00pm Creepy Creature Show  

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. Parks monthly program calendar is available on the Parks website at: www.cityofnewhaven/Parks

The Trowbridge Environmental Center is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.

Some Fascinating Creatures Seen at Trowbridge Nature Center in East Rock Park


Photos from 2011 Summer Camp

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Photos by Ranger Wray Williams

Richard L. English
March 5th, 1935 - July 11, 2011

On July 11th, 2011, a dear friend of New Haven’s Parks , passed away.

Richard was a kind and gentle man, who loved birds and classical music. His family has been associated with New Haven Parks for well over 100 years. Both his great-grandfather and grandfather, were associated with East Rock Park and the New Haven Board of Park Commissioners. English Drive, Bridge, and English Shelter, all have been named to honor their commitment and contributions to our community. Richard was a member of the New Haven Bird Club for over 60 yrs and taught many of its members the finer art of birding. In the spring, he could be found wandering the trails in East Rock looking for migrating warblers and songbirds. In the fall, he helped man the Hawk Watch site at Lighthouse Point Park for over 30 years, where he shared his knowledge with all who asked.

I am proud to say Richard was a friend of mine. We shared many a rare bird sighting over the years. There was no one quite like him and he will be missed by all who knew him.

~ Ranger Dan Barvir - Ranger East Rock Park

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Restoration at East Rock Summit

Conservation treatment continues on the lower bronze work of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, located at the summit of East Rock Park. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument was originally dedicated in June of 1887.

Cracks and holes are being repaired, bronze surfaces are being cleaned and repatinated, and footings are being secured and protected from weather and nature. Come to East Rock Summit to watch the restoration in progress.

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Edgewood ParkFruit Trees in Edgewood Park

44 Fruit Trees Planted Throughout New Haven Park

September 24, 2011, New Haven Register, by Abbe Smith - "A new tradition is taking root in Edgewood Park thanks to the planting of 44 new trees that will bear apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and more for years to come. Volunteers came out Saturday to plant the trees, which were awarded to the park as a prize for winning a national Communities Take Root contest sponsored by sponsored by Edy's Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Grassroots group Friends of Edgewood Park entered the contest and rallied the community to vote for its orchard project." Click HERE for the full story and to comment.

Please RSVP to

Edgewood Farmers Market

Sundays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Farmers MarketBecome a Friend of Edgewood Park Farmers Market
At the Edgewood Park Farmers' Market, stop by the CitySeed table to sign up for Friends of the Market! For a $25 donation, you will receive a Friends of the Market card that provides you with great discounts from vendors every week throughout the season. Card sales directly support CitySeed farmers' market operations!

Food Runners CT will be at the Edgewood Farmers Market this year. They are a non-profit group which organizes volunteers to pick up our farmer's surplus food and delivers it to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Please consider volunteering one Sunday. Review the New Haven schedule for more information.

For a full market schedule, visit the CitySeed website

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