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August Newsletter 2012, Volume 2, Number 8
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Essentials of Kayak Touring

This is a 10-hour program, taught over the course of three sessions, one week apart, so the program will encompass 3 weeks (4 if there is a rain date).  On each date, participants will meet from 5:30PM to 9:00PM

Minimum age: 12, if accompanied by an adult
Cost: New Haven Residents $200 Non-Residents $255
Location:  Lighthouse Point Park
Dates: August 6, August 13, and August 20. Rain date August 27
Meeting times: 5:30PM to 9:00PM

In this Issue:

Kayak TouringThis is a class for paddlers with some kayak touring experience wanting to take the sport to the next level, but we may be able to make accommodations for beginners. Participants will learn to be confident and safe paddlers with the skills to participate in kayak touring in protected waters.  This course will cover the standard American Canoe  Association curriculum including complete equipment needs, car-topping, trip-planning and risk management. It will also cover all basic strokes for maneuvering, stability and recovery: forward, reverse, stopping, side-draws, bow and stern rudders,  and bracing. Safety components include capsizing/wet-exit, boat-swim, swimmer-rescue, deep-water assisted recoveries and self rescues of all types.

All equipment, including sit-inside sea kayaks, PFD’s, paddles and related safety gear will be provided at no additional fee. Upon inspection and approval by our Certified ACA kayaking instructors, participants may also choose to use their own gear. Bring snacks and plenty of water.

For more information, or for registration please contact:
Martin Torresquintero
(203) 946-6768  

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Mobile Playground BusMobile Playground Bus Schedule

The Buses are COMING!!
The New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation Presents:
The Mobile Playground

The two mobile playgrounds will travel throughout the city and provide equipment such as balls, ropes, arts and crafts supplies, nets, tables and chairs, until Aug. 11. The program, launched by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, has a goal of bringing play equipment to neighborhoods that are under-served by existing playgrounds. The buses will be in different neighborhoods from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Visit the New Haven Parks website for the schedule: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp

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Fireworks at East Rock ParkNew Nature Interpretive Sign at Lighthouse Point Park’s
Butterfly and Bird Garden

New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees Department is proud to announce a new Nature Interpretive Sign at Lighthouse Point Park’s Butterfly and Bird Garden. This new colorful sign was funded by an Urban Oasis grant from the National Audubon Society as part of a Coastal Grassland restoration project, just across the street from the garden. Click here to view photos of the Garden and Signage.

The sign depicts the life-cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, identifies a few species of local butterflies and nectar plants that attract and feed them, as well as explaining how you can create a butterfly friendly garden in your own backyard.

Special thanks go out to the following organizations and their volunteers, who all contributed to its creation by providing input : Connecticut Butterfly Association, New Haven Bird Club, and National Audubon Society.I would especially like to thank the Peabody Museum, its Public Outreach and Education Department and its Graphic Design Department, for helping us create some best interpretive signs found in any City parks through out the State of Connecticut.

Please stop by the Butterfly Garden when you visit Lighthouse Point Park. I am sure you will be impressed by the colorful flowers, butterflies and birds found there.

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High School Summer Basketball League Schedule

1. Amity Haven
2. Branford
3. Career
4. Cross
5. East Haven
6. Jonathan Law
7. Guilford
8. Hamden Hall
9. Hand
10. Hillhouse
11. Hyde
12. Mercy
13. North Haven
14. Sacred Heart Acad.

Week days all games are played at Wilbur Cross HS, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven
Sundays all Games are played at Ralph Walker Rink, 1080 State Street, New Haven.

Playoffs will begin on Aug. 7th, 9th. and 12th. Top eight teams will go into playoffs.

Date Time Court 1 Court 2
August 2 6:00
13 vs 12
9 vs 3
11 vs 14
8 vs 2
1 vs 10
7 vs 6
August 5
10 vs 13
1 vs 5
7 vs 3
11 vs 12
Ralph Walker Rink

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Intro to Archery

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.

West Rock Nature Center, Ages 8+, $30
Session I September 5, 12, 19
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Session II October 20, 27 & November 3
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session III October 20, 27, & November 3
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

For more information: call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027

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Holiday Tree SoughtHoliday Tree Sought

Missing! 55 to 70 foot tall Norway Spruce or Douglas Fir tree (not a blue spruce). The staff of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees has been looking for a very special tree to be used on the New Haven Green during the winter holidays. Have you seen this tree? If so, would you like to donate the tree to the city?

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 or chass@newhavenct.net.
If you have a photo of the tree; please include in your e-mail.

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New Haven Harbour LighthouseLighthouse Point Park Parking Passes and Fees

Park Hours
Gates open from 7 a.m. to sunset year round

Parking Pass Fees - Summer Season - April 1 to November 1
- New Haven registered vehicles - No charge
- Non-resident vehicles - $20/day, $100/season
- Out-of-state - $30/day, no seasonal
- Charter busses (weekdays only) - $100

For more information about Lighthouse Point Park, visit the New Haven Parks website:

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Lighthouse Point Migration FestivalLighthouse Point Park Migration Festival
Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies

Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England!

- Lighthouse Point Park is an recognized Important Birding Area
- Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
- See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations!
- Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
- Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
- Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
- Live Music!
- Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!

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Monthly Photo Gallery

Butterfly Garden at Lighthouse Point Park with new Interpretive Signage

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New Haven Parks Mobile Playground Bus

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Archery at West Rock Nature Center

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Scuba Eco Camp

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Adventure Camp: Deerfield Zip Line - Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours, Deerfield, MA

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