New Haven Parks Newsletter
May Newsletter 2012, Volume 2, Number 5
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Carousel Cententennial Celebration

Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 2012
Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512

Celebrate 100 Years of the Carousel
For information email:
carousel@newhavenct.net
or call: 203-946-8004

In this Issue:


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HikingWalks and Hiking

Wednesday Walks - Edgewood Park
May 2 & May 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Meet at 720 Edgewood Ave
Be healthier with a Ranger guided stroll through Edgewood Park. These easy hikes are intended for people of all hiking abilities. Hikes are free and appropriate for ages 5+.
Family’s welcome. Pre-regsitration required.

Saturday Strolls - Edgewood
May 5 & May 19
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Meet at Edgewood Ranger Station
Be healthier with a Ranger guided stroll through some of New Haven’s most beautiful Parks. Family’s welcome.
Hikes are free and appropriate for ages 6+. Pre-registration is required.

Monument Tours - East Rock Summit
Saturday, May 19
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Walk to the top of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on the top of East Rock Park.
Ages: 10+
Cost: Donations
No sandals/flip-flops/open-toed shoes.

Outdoor Adventure Club - Geocoaching - Edgewood Park
April 25
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Meet at 720 Edgewood Ave
For students ages 8-11 who enjoy the outdoors and want to experience New Havens Parks. The OAC meets once a month and participates in an adventure/nature based program. Pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information
please call 203-946-6559 or email Ranger Joe at jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Spring Tennis Programs

Spring TennisPee Wee Tennis
This program is designed for beginning players ages 4-6 and are one-half hour in length. The focus is hand-eye coordination and learning to hit the ball.

Little Champs Tennis
This program is designed for beginning players ages 6-8 and are one hour in length. Utilizing the QuickStart format, the participant quickly is learning to rally the ball over the net and playing games.

Future Stars Tennis
This program is designed for beginning players ages 9-11 and are one hour in length. Utilizing the QuickStart format, the participant quickly is learning to rally the ball over the net and playing games.

Stars Tennis
This program is designed for beginner and adanced beginner players ages 12 - 14 and are one hour in length. Utilizing the QuickStart format, the participant quickly is learning to rally the ball over the net and playing games.

Adult Lessons
Want to learn how to play tennis or improve your strokes? Back by popular demand is a short series of ADULT lessons...with the aim to get you out on the court playing for the entire season. Tennis is a great way to stay fit and make some friends in the process.

Visit the Parks What's New Page to download the Spring Tennis Brochure and registration forms.


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Intro to ArcheryIntro to Archery

Location: West Rock Nature Center
When: Thursdays May 17, 24 & 31
Fee: $30 per person
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Youth 8 - 15 year olds
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Adult Shooting (16+ yrs)

The Beginner Archery Series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience that are seeking a refresher session.

All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students (more if a special group/camp, etc, with advance notice). Classes open to all ages (8 and above). Parents & children may shoot together.

To register call Ranger Joe Milone at 203-946-6559 or email him at jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Edgewood ParkEdgewood Park Clean-Up Day

Saturday, May 5, and Sunday May 6
10:00am - 12noon

The Friends of Edgewood Park in cooperation with the New Haven Parks Department are sponsoring a clean-up in Edgewood Park. They are looking for volunteers and volunteer groups to pick up trash and do plant and trail maintenance. Meet at the playground, Edgewood Ave. and Ella T. Grasso Blvd.

To sign up or for more information please contact:
Stephanie Fitzgerald at (203) 500-7777.


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May Park Ranger Public Programs

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Programs
Staff: Dan Barvir and Wray Williams, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Location
Tue 1 8 to 9:30 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 2 1 to 2:30 pm Senior Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Sat 5 8 to 11 am Bird Walk with the New Haven Bird Club - Ranger Dan
Public welcomed - Meet at Rice Field , East Rock Park
Tue 8 8 to 9:30 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 9 10 to 11:30 am Wildflower Walk, East Rock Park - Ranger Dan
Wed 9 9:30 - 11 am College Woods Tree Walk - Ranger Wray
Fri 11 10 am to 12:30 pm Mother of a Hike Up Giant Steps - Ranger Wray
Sat 12 10 am to 1 pm Park Cleanup and Trail with the Friends of East Rock Park - Staff
Sun 13 9 to 11 am Mother’s Day Bird Walk at Edgerton Park - Ranger Dan
Meets at the Carriage House
Sun 13 12:30 to 2 pm Bird Walk at Lighthouse Point Park - Ranger Dan
Meet at the Carousel building
Sat 19 10:30 - 11:30 am Local Motion: How Animals Move - Ranger Wray
Sat 19 2 - 3 pm Local Motion: How Animals Move - Ranger Wray
Tue 22 8 to 9:30 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 23 10 to 11:30 am Spring Bird Walk at West Rock State Park - Ranger Dan
Meet at the Main St. Parking area
Wed 23 3 to 4 pm Maybe Babies - Animal offspring & what to do with them - Ranger Wray

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 203-946-6086 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.

Barnard Nature Center Programs
Staff: Terry McCool and Harry Coyle, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Location
Tue 1 1-2pm Tour of Fort Nathan Hale (meet at Nathan Hale Fort)-Ranger Terry 
Wed 2 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Mon 7 1-2pm Senior Nature Walk: Spring Tree Identification
(Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 8 3:30-4:30pm Sea Life of Long Island Sound
(New Haven Free Public Library-Main Branch)-Ranger Terry
Wed 9 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Wed 9 3:30-4:30pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Thu 10 1-2pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Sun 13 3am-2:30pm Lighthouse Tours (Lighthouse Park Spring Celebration)-Ranger Terry
Tue 15 10-11 am Senior Nature Walk: Birds of Edgewood Park
(Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 15 3:30-4:30pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Wed 16 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Tue 22 3-4pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 23 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Thu 24 1-2pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Fri 25 3:30-5pm Geocaching (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Rangers Joe and Harry
Tue 29 3-4pm Sea Life of Long Island Sound (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 30 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry

Pre-registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at (203) 691-3539 directions, more information, and to register for these programs. The ranger program calendar is available on the web at: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks/

The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34


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Summer Camp Brochures are In!

The Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Brochures are now available. Visit the Parks Website to download the brochure and registration forms.

Summer Camp BrochureBrochure Contents:

  • Camp Registration Notes, Information & Guidelines
  • Cool Camps for Hot Summer Days
    • City Camp
    • Nature Pals
    • Eco-Adventure Camps
    • Theatre Camp
    • Music Camp
  • Registration Forms
  • Summer Community Recreation Open Schools
  • All-Star Sports Camps
    • Basketball
    • Track & Field
    • Kids Tennis Clubs
  • Public Swimming Pool Schedule
  • New Arts/Crafts and Mobile Playground buses

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