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July Newsletter 2014, Volume 5, Number 7
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Summer Camp 2014 - Spaces still available

Summer Camp Brochures are Here!

Camps Programs Include:
• Basketball Leagues
• Splashpads & Summer Pool Schedule
• Tennis
• Community Recreation
• Theater Camp
• Music & Video Camp
• Canoeing & Kayaking Camp
• Mountain Biking Camp
• Eco Adventure Camps
• Here Comes The Bus!

ParksClick here to download the flyer from the Parks website.

Director’s NotePark and Recreation Month: OUT IS IN

July is National Park and Recreation month and this year Out is In! The New Haven Parks Department is participating in the National Park and Recreation Association campaign to get you outside. Every day we will feature a different one of our over 100 parks on social media for you to guess, visit and share.

To help get you outside there will be four children's bikes given away: 1) for our 1,000th like on Facebook, 2) for the follower who guesses the most of the daily park locations, 3) for the picture taken on the day a park is featured in that park and tagged with #NewHavenParks that has the most likes and 4) randomly from all the people who have shared our posts.

There will also be random prizes given to visitors of our daily featured parks that may include free popsicles, pizza, or Park and Recreation memorabilia. Join us as we celebrate National Park and Recreation month and get outside because Out is In!

Rebecca Bombero, Director

For more information, brochure, policies and registration, visit the Parks website downloads page

Basketball Leagues & Track Practice
Hershey Track & Field Program
June 20 - August 8, Evenings 5pm - 8pm.
Children & youth ages 6-18 years old
Aspiring track and field stars can hone their skills every weekday evening this summer at Wilbur Cross. Please use Camp Registration and Mandatory Health Forms to register.
For more information, call William Thompson at (203 ) 645-5243 or (203) 397-1097
Midnight Basketball Association League
June 20 - August 9, Fridays & Saturdays.
Boys and girls ages 10-14 years old
In its 14th season, Midnight Basketball Association League games run from June 20th through August 9th at the Ralph Walker Rink, 1080 State Street. Staff and coaches are current or former basketball players and community members dedicated to providing a positive experience for the players.
For more information, call Bill Dixon at (203) 946-8338 or email: wdixon@newhavenct.net

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New Haven Youth Map

The place to search for youth programs in New Haven.
Search hundreds of after-school, weekend and summer activities that help children and family learn, grow, and thrive.
Visit: www.newhavenyouthmap.org

BasketallBasketball League Schedules

Schedules for High School Women's League, College Women's League, and more
are available to download from the Parks website downloads page: Get the scedules here!

SCSU Owls Sport Clinics @ New Haven Open Schools

Hillhouse High School (4:00pm to 5:00pm)
Career High School (5:00pm to 6:00pm)
John S. Martinez School (4:00pm to 5:00pm)
Clinton Avenue School (5:00pm to 6:00pm)

For more information contact New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203-946-8088 or Email fshashinka@newhavenct.net, rcone@newhavenct.net, or marulloa1@southernct.edu www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/ and www.newhavenyouthmap.com/

Open Swim

John Martinez
Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm

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Its hot and humid, so why not go kayaking?

Public Kayaking Programs: Summer 2014

Summer is here with its lingering daylight and warmer weather, so why not get out and enjoy an evening with one of our instructional kayak tours? The tours are being offered on Wednesday evenings at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. This is a great opportunity to join with New Haven Parks and Recreation Outdoor Adventure Program to experience and learn kayaking skills and safety. All equipment will be provided. All you need to bring is your personal gear (quick-drying shirts and shorts or long bathing suit, shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops), hat, sunblock, insect repellant, water bottle, and snacks. For participants using eyewear, we strongly recommend using a retainer.) and the wish to learn and try a new aquatic experience. We are looking forward to paddling with you, so please give us a call if you need more information.

Kayaking programs

Instructional Tours:

This tour is for those who want to get out and enjoy an evening on the water, whether you are a beginner or experienced paddler. On this tour, we will show you how to do basic paddle strokes: power, turning and correction strokes. We will also talk about basic safety procedures, equipment care and handling kayaks. All equipment will be provided.

Dates and Locations: Wednesdays from 7/9 to 8/27 at Lighthouse Point Park
Times: 5:30-8:00
Cost: $30 for New Haven residents; $40 for non-residents. Pre-registration is mandatory.
Age Requirements: 12 and over. Participants ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For pre-registration, or for more information including dates for Full Moon kayaking excursions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at (203) 946-6768 or email: mtorresq@newhavenct.net.

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Scholarships for Eco Adventure Extreme and Mountain Biking Camps

Denali Rock The Gauntlet attracted 400 adventure racers to East Rock Park on May 3 of this year, but the spirit of that adventure continues as Denali/Trailblazer hopes to help nurture the next generation of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

RaftingMountain Biker

$2,000 from the proceeds of this race have been donated by Denali/Trailblazer to cover scholarships for two summer programs for New Haven youth: the Eco Adventure Extreme Camp and the Mountain Biking Camp. Funds will cover approximately 11 scholarships that can be applied to the week-long Mountain Bike Camp (July 21-July 25) or for any of the three sessions of the Eco Adventure Extreme Camp, which runs in two-week sessions June 30-August 8. The normal cost of these camps is $180 per session. These scholarships are only available to New Haven Residents who can demonstrate need.

For more information about Eco Adventure and Mountain Biking Camps, visit our downloads page.
Questions, contact Outdoor Adventure Coordinator: Martin Torresquintero at mtorresq@newhavenct.net, or call (203) 946-6768.

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New Haven Volleyball

Indoor Summer Season

Beginning June 30
Nathan Hale School, 480 Townsend Ave, New Haven

Men's Teams - Women's Teams - Co-Ed Teams - Juniors Teams
All Levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
$5 Per Player Covers Summer Season

Register at: newHavenvolleyball.teamapp.com
For more info: call Ozzie 203-314-8056

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3rd annual Small Craft Symposium

On Saturday June 14, 2014 The New Haven Parks Recreation and Trees Outdoor Adventure Program held its 3rd Annual Small Craft Symposium at Lighthouse Point Park.

During this perfect day participants had a chance to learn about safety, look at the latest in kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP), try boats in the water, and to get their safety vessel inspections by the Coast Guard auxiliary. Event participants also had a chance to go for nature walks and tours of the Lighthouse lead by Park Rangers. Some of the highlights of the event were the Kayak race and the flare demonstration lead by Timothy Mulherin form the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Milford, and the vendors and manufacturers displays from visit the displays from The Small Boat Shop, West Marine, CT Outdoors, and LL Bean among others.

Craft Symposium
Winners of the kayak race perform “victory rolls”
Craft Symposium
Tim Mulherin shooting aerial flares
Craft Symposium
Participants learn about the latest in kayak fishing gear
Craft Symposium
Audience learns the proper use of use flares

This event marks the beginning of the Outdoor Adventure Program kayaking season. For dates and more information about kayaking classes and excursions please contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator: Martin Torresquintero at mtorresq@newhavenct.net, or call (203) 946-6768

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Pardee Greenhouse - Hanging Plants

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is proud to offer a beautiful variety of hanging flower baskets for any occasion at a cost of $20 per basket. Additionally, spring flowers, flats and tropical plants are available for purchase. Please visit the Pardee Greenhouse at 180 Park Road in Hamden weekdays between 8:00am and 3:00pm and select your favorite plants. Payment forms accepted: Checks or Cash.

Pardee Greenhouse
Restored Antique Greenhouse, across from the magnificent Pardee Rose Garden

For more information visit: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/gardens/pardee.asp

Perennial Plant Donation Program

In support of Mayor Harp's City Beautification program, Parks is accepting perennial plant donations from individuals who may split their perennial plants at this time of the year. We accept the donations at the Pardee Rose Garden. The Parks Department will pot the plants and donate them to neighborhoods for beautification.

To donate, please drop your plants off at the Pardee Rose Garden at 180 Park Road in Hamden.
For information, call 203-946-8002. Note: In cases of large donations, plant pickup can be arranged by calling the same number. Thanks.

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Nature Notes - Spring Bird Migration at its Best

This Spring, East Rock Park rocked with an amazing number of migrating bird species. It was one of the best spring bird migrations in about 12 years, drawing over an estimated 5,000 birders to the park to witness this annual wonder.

Birders, during the early part of May, were able to observe and count over a hundred bird species in one day. More than twenty-two warbler species were located. Uncommon species like Hooded, Cape May, Blackburnian, Tennessee and Morning Warblers offered viewing opportunities. Other unusual finds included: Summer Tanager, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Blue Grosbeak. Nesting Ravens, Peregrine Falcons and Red-tailed Hawks thrilled visitors with their aerial displays along the park’s rusty colored cliffs.

Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler - Credit: Laura Gooch

Currently, most birds found in the park are residents and in nesting mode. At this time year, migration is over until fall, when the bird migrants start heading towards their southern wintering grounds.

Come the Fall, birders, head down to Lighthouse Point Park to observe large numbers of migrating songbirds and Raptors. The park is nationally known as one of Connecticut’s premier hawk watching sites and is manned daily by members of the New Haven Bird Club and other birding organizations.

If you interested in finding about more about the Fall Migration, join us at Lighthouse Point Park on Sept 21, 2014 for our Annual Migration Festival.

I encourage you to get out and explore our great parks, here in New Haven and KEEP LOOKING UP.

Submitted by Dan Barvir, East Rock Park Ranger

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Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival

Raptors at the Migration FestivalSunday, September 21, 2014 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!

  • 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 Bluegrass Music!
  • Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
  • Bird walks and more!

For more information contact: Dan Barvir, East Rock Park Ranger
email: dbarvir@newhavenct.net or call 946-6086

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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
      Summer Camp Staff

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
      Summer Camp Staff

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. **(New Haven Residents-$5.00 Non New Haven Residents-$10.00)
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.

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Monthly Photo Gallery

Images from the Annual Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park

Come join us on September 21 for the live bird shows, butterfly garden, bird walks, climb the lighthouse and ride the carousel. For more information contact: Dan Barvir, East Rock Park Ranger email: dbarvir@newhavenct.net or call 946-6086

Eagle OwlHawk
Raptor lecture/demonstration

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