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December Newsletter 2013, Volume 4, Number 12
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs

Swimming Lessons - Ages 4-18

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Session 1 - Oct. 1st -Nov. 14th (FULL)
Session 2 - Jan. 7th-Feb. 13th
Session 3 - March 4th-April 10th
Session 4 - April 29th-June 5th

In this Issue:

Open Swim

John Martinez
Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm
Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.

Open School Programs

100 Legion Avenue
Monday - Thursday, 5-8pm
- Offering adult exercise option:
- Walking track
- Weight Room
- Aerobics (includes a fee)
John Martinez
100 James Street

Monday - Friday 5-8:30pm
Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Enter building by doors next to cafeteria
Roberto Clemente
360 Columbus Avenue

Monday - Thursday 5-8:30pm
Enter from backside of school
Wexler Grant
55 Foote Street

Monday - Thursday, 5-8pm
Enter building on Dixwell side behind old Q-House
Hill Central School
140 Dewitt Street

Monday-Friday 5:00pm-8:00pm
King Robinson
150 Fournier Street

Monday - Friday 5-9pm
Enter upstairs gym, go down far left doors to gym
Ross Woodward
185 Barnes Avenue

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5-8pm
Clinton Avenue School
293 Clinton Avenue

Tuesday - Thurday 5-8pm
Enter the back of building by parking lot
through the gym doors on right
100 Jewel Street

Fridays 5-8pm
Troup School
259 Edgewood Avenue

Monday - Fridays, 5-9pm
Enter from parking lot path down to doors, gym is on the right
191 Fountain Street

Fridays 5-8pm

Girls Basketball - Grades 5-8

Registration begins Nov. 21 - Dec 27
Evaluations Thursday, Dec 5, 2013

Games will be held at Troup School
Thursdays at 5:30 beginning January 16th


TTae Kwon Doae Kwon Do And Kickboxing

Bashta’s Martial Arts and New Haven Park and Recreation Department Presents
An Introductory Program of Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing.

Bashta’s Martial Arts holds the philosophy that you can not know where you are going if you do not know where you’ve been. This means that our Traditional Martial Arts Program: Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing are our backbone. With that said, we are not only a Traditional school but we also maintain a 21st century attitude, and incorporate Sport Karate, Self Defense and Practical Fighting Skills into our existing curriculum. Our introductory Tae Kwon Do program is designed for children between the ages of 6 to 10 with our Kickboxing Program targeting ages 11through 14.While learning traditional kicks, strikes and blocks, the student will also be learning balance and coordination. We strive to instill in all our students old world values such as respect and discipline, as well as self control, perseverance, modesty and indomitable spirit.

Our Introductory Tae Kwon Do Program will be available for students attending grades 1 thru 5. Program dates will be Mondays, December 9th and 16th. The Kickboxing Program will be offered to students attending grades 6 thru 8. This program will run on Wednesdays, December 11th and 18th. The program will take place at Hill Central 140 Dewitt Street. Click here to download the brochure and registration form from the Parks website.

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Holiday Tree LightingHoliday Tree Lighting

New Haven Tree Lighting
New Haven Green
Thursday, December 5 from 4-8pm

(rain date of Friday, December 6)

Please put in a "save the date" for 12/5/13 from 4p to 8p on the New Haven Green. The New Haven holiday tree is being sponsored by People's United Bank again this year. Festivities begin at 4pm with entertainment, petting zoo, horse drawn carriage rides and Santa!

The New Haven Tree Lighting, a free family event kicks off the holiday season in the downtown area. The annual celebration takes place on the city's historic Green and features live performances and horse drawn carriage rides. Children can visit with Santa, hop on the carousel or Alpine Safari (mechanical animals), and enjoy holiday crafts. Additional performances by students and teachers from Neighborhood Music School launch "Performathon," the school's four-day marathon of performances in support of financial aid for its students. Presented by the Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, and Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. Sponsored by Peoples United Bank.

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Candle & Wreath WorkshopsAnnual Candle & Wreath Making Workshops

Traditional Wreath Workshop at the Barnard Nature Center
Sunday, December 8, 11 am to 3 pm
Corner of Route 34 and Ella T. Grasso Blvd, entrance located on Route 34
Wreath: $10 for New Haven Residents, $15 for Non-Residents (Cash Only)
Sand Ornaments: $3.00 for $5, 3 for $10 (Non-Residents)
w/ refreshments and crafts for children
For more info please call (203) 691-3539

Candle Making Workshop Trowbridge Environmental Center
Sunday, December 8, 11 am to 3 pm

College Woods in East Rock Park
Corner of Cold Spring and Orange Streets
Hand Dipped Candles: 3 for $5 for Residents, 3 for $10 for Non-Residents (Cash Only)
Suitable for Children 8 yrs old & older
For more info please call the (203) 946-6086

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Snow Sculpture Contest

Snowman Contest

In the event of snow fall, participants are encourage to create snow sculptures at the following sites:

  • East Shore Park by Hanna's Playground
  • New Haven Green near the flagpole
  • College Woods by the Ranger Station
  • Edgewood Park by the Gazebo on Yale Ave

Participants must register their sculptures by the designated date and post photos of their snow sculpture to the New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Trees Facebook Page. The entries with the most likes on Facebook for each site will win prizes donated by Trailblazer. All sculptures must be in good taste and non offensive.Please do not block sidewalks or roads, or interfere with the operation of playground equipment.

Winners will be contacted via facebook. Good luck!

For more information including rules and deadlines please contact the
Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Martin Torresquintero: mtorresq@newhavenct.net

Got Snow?

in the event of a significant amount of snow fall, the outdoor adventure coordinator will provide a snow shoeing clinic at East Rock and/or at Edgewood Park. Cost will be $10 per residents and $15 for not residents. Minimum age 10 when accompanied by an adult guardian.

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Walker Ice Skating RinkWalker Ice Rink

Toys for Tots Collection: December 7 and 8
12 - 1:20 pm or 6 - 7:20pm Saturday and Sunday

Every person who brings a new, unwrapped toy during a public skate session on these dates will skate for free (rental skates included while supplies last). Visit the Parks Department website for more information.

New Year's Eve Celebration:
December 31 from 7:30 pm - 12:30 am

For only $15 per person you can ring in the New Year on the Ice!! Great idea for the whole family to enjoy the last hours of 2013 together! Price includes skating, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, party favors and hats! We skate all night, enjoy the nice warm fire, and watch the ball drop in Times Square on the flat screen tv. Visit the Parks Department website for more information.

Learn to Skate Classes for Children and Adults:
ONLY $100 for 7 weeks of lessons! Come to Walker Rink and learn to skate this winter We offer Gift Certificates. Makes a great holiday gift! All classes are open to children and adults. Classes are held at two different time slots. Registrants may choose either 1:35 - 2:25 pm OR 2:45 - 3:35 pm. Contact: Sue Doolan 203-314-2110
Cost is $100 per session and classes run in 7 week sessions outlined below. (rental skates included)
Session I: every Saturday November 2 - December 14
Session II: every Saturday December 21 - February 1
Session III: every Saturday February 8 - March 22
Visit the Parks Department website for more information.

Public Skating
There's nothing better than ice skating outdoors during the winter season and New Haven has it all for you at the Walker Rink on State Street! Come skate at one of our public skate sessions and enjoy the warm wood burning fire. Why not have a hot chocolate to make the day even more special?!
Public Skating times:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 - 1:30pm each weekday; also, Friday 8 - 9:20 pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 1:20 pm and 6 - 7:20 pm

Holiday Public Skating Hours
Monday - 12/23 12 - 1:30pm and 3 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday - 12/24 12 - 1:30pm
Wednesday - 12/25 rink is closed
Thursday - 12/26 12 - 1:30 pm and 6 - 7:30 pm
Friday - 12/27 12 -1:30 pm, 3 - 4:30 pm and 8 - 9:20 pm

Visit the Parks Department website for more information.

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Outdoor Adventure ClubRanger hat

Judge's Cave Family Hike
Saturday, December 7 ~ 1:30 pm
Meet at West Rock Nature Center parking lot (1090 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT)
Ages: 8+
Cost: $5

Pine Cone Bird Feeders
December 1 ~ 4 pm-5pm
Fair Haven Library
Attract birds to your backyard with homemade pine cone bird feeders. In addition, learn what types of birds might come to your feeder
Ages: 4+
Cost: Free

Full Moon Hike
December 17 ~ 6:30 pm
East Rock Ranger Station
Ages: 10+
Cost: $5
Ranger guided Hike through East Rock Park by the light of the moon.

Intro to Geocaching
December 26 ~ 10 am
Parks Office, 720 Edgewood Ave
Ages: 10+
Cost: $5
Learn about secret caches hidden in the parks of New Haven. GPS units provided.

Family Winter Nature Walk
December 27 ~ 10 am
Parks Office, 720 Edgewood Ave
Ages: 5+
Cost: Free
Take a Ranger lead stroll through beautiful Edgewood Park. Track animals, look for birds, and more...

For more info, contact Joe Milone, Park Ranger - jmilone@newhavenct.net, (203) 946-6559
New Haven Parks, Recreation & Trees

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Bike Repair Workshop

Bike repairSooner or later a cyclist will have to deal with a flat tire, derailed chains, brakes issues, etc. Be prepared for this and other such problems by learning some basic bicycle repair and maintenance techniques.

The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will hold a clinic on flat repair, basic maintenance, and on-the-road skills, on Thursday December 19, 2013 at 5:30PM 720 Edgewood avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. Cost of this workshop is $5 dollars for New Haven Residents and $10 for non New Haven residents.

Please pre-register and bring clothes that may get stained with grease. Tools will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their bikes, or choose one of the bikes that will be available.

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red breasted nuthatchBirders Notes: East Shore Park’s “Magic Hedge”

Along the northern boarders of East Shore Park, lined by pines trees, shrubs and the sewage treatment plant fence, lies an area now known as the “magic hedge”.

This site has become one of Connecticut’s best late fall and winter birding hotspots, due the availability of flying insects that are kept alive well into the fall by treated sewage pools. The insects provided a food source to lingering warblers providing some interesting finds for birders over the past few years.

So far over 10 species of warblers have been spotted, at this unique site, in the month of November. Other sightings include other insect eaters like species of Swallows and Flycatchers. Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Black-capped Chickadees, Crossbills, plus assorted sparrows can also be found among the row of pine trees.

A variety of Hawks can be seen hunting the fields and hedges along with an occasional Bald Eagle terrorizing the gulls and wintering ducks out on New Haven Harbor. The extreme west end of the park offers a excellent view of the harbor for gulls, wintering ducks and loons.

Over the past year, in partnership with Audubon CT , the New Haven Parks’ Department. has added a Wildlife friendly Garden to the park, featuring native plants and trees that provide a potential food source for animals, butterflies and migrating birds. The Garden is located by the tennis courts and playground off of Woodward Ave.

I encourage all to get outside and take walk through this fine park to enjoy wonders of nature found there.

Submitted by Ranger Daniel Barvir, East Rock Park, 203-946-6086

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Outstanding Urban Forestry Professional Awards

Urban Forestry Professional Award - New Haven, CT, November 29, 2013

Christy Hass Forestry Award

Acting Director of New Haven Parks, Christy Hass was awarded the Fred Borman Outstanding Urban Forestry Professional Award on October 30, 2013 at The Connecticut Urban Forest Council’s 2013 Conference in Southington.  The award is presented in recognition of a tree professional’s leadership, dedication and hard work in the practice of Urban Forestry.

A Tree Warden for 35 years and a charter member of the Connecticut Tree Warden Association; Christy Hass has been an urban forest advocate for decades.  Ms. Hass was appointed by the Governor as a member of the Connecticut Tree Protective Examining Board for State Certification of Arborists.  During her career, Ms. Hass has worked in both rural towns and bustling cities. As Director of Parks and Recreation for Rocky Hill, CT, from 1977 to 1998, Ms. Hass established herself as a tireless professional. In her position as Deputy Director of Parks and Squares for the City of New Haven from 1999 to 2013; Ms. Hass has overseen the care of 30,000 street trees, the planting of thousands of new street trees and of historic “legacy” trees city-wide.

Outstanding Community Tree Program Award

Nan Bartow Forestry Award

In early November Anna Bartow received the OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY TREE PROGRAM award from the Connecticut Urban Forest Council presented on the urban oasis at Beaver Pond Park. The award was presented to the Friends of Beaver Ponds Park in recognition of the exemplary practice of urban forestry at the community level. They are grateful for this recognition of their work in stewarding Beaver Pond Park. They realize that we cannot do our work alone and appreciate help from the New Haven Parks Department, URI and all the individuals who support Friends of Beaver Pond Park.

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Ranger Program Schedules

New Haven Park Rangers
Left to right: Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams, Dan Barvir

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

Day Date Time Program Leader
Sun 8 11am to 3pm Traditional Candle Making
Fee : $2.00 per candle or 3 for $5.00
Wed 11 10am to 11:30am Bird Walk at East Rock Park Barvir
Fri 13 10am to 11:30am Bird Walk at East Shore Park
Meets at the Tennis court off Woodward Ave
Sat 14 7am to 4:30 pm 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count
with the New Haven Bird Club
  14 9am to 3:00pm Open House-featuring Cocoa & Critters Williams
Fri 20 10am to 11:30am Last Bird Walk of the Fall Barvir
  20 12noon to 2pm Last Hike of the Fall Williams
Fri 27 9am to 10:30am Winter Animal Tracking
Look for signs of Woodland animals
  27 3pm to 4:30pm Winter Animal Tracking
Look for signs of Woodland animals
Mom 30 10am to 11:30am Winter Walk for Children Barvir
  30 12noon to 2pm Last Hike of 2013 Williams
  30 1pm to 3pm Make a Pine Cone Birdfeeder
Fee: $1.00 per feeder

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. All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School. The main entrance is adjacent to the picnic pavilion in College Woods.

Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Park Ranger

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Mon 2 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 3 10-11 am Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Wed 4 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Sat 7 11 am-12 pm *Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop
(New Haven Free Public Library-Fair Haven Branch at 182 Grand Avenue)
Sun 8 11 am-3 pm *Annual Wreath Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Staff
Tue 10 3:30-4:30 pm Animal Tracking Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 11 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 13 3:30-4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard nature Center) Harry
Mon 16 1-2 pm Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Tue 17 3:30-4:30 pm Owl Pellet Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 18 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 19 3:30-4:30 pm *Pinecone Bird Feeder making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 20 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard nature Center) Harry
Sat 21 10-11 am First Day of Winter Nature Walks
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
  21 1-2 pm First Day of Winter Nature Walks
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
  21 3:30-4:30 pm First Day of Winter Nature Walks
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)

Pre-registration for programs is Mandatory by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at: (203) 691-3539 or hcoyle@newhavenct.net for directions, more information, and to pre-register for these programs. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven/Non New Haven Residents except as noted. The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34.
* Fee required:
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.

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Monthly Photo Gallery

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Fun & games at Columbus School | Clean up at East Rock Park          
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Pinecone bird feeders with the Rangers at Brookside Estates | Alling Memorial Golf Course                        

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