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    Parks, Recreation and Trees
    Message from the Director
    Bob Levine, Director of Parks, Recreation and Trees
    Robert Levine, Director

    Welcome to the new and improved web site for the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. We have been working hard for the past several months to make our web site better; and, hope you enjoy what you see. We will seek to continue to improve and enhance the site for your information and enjoyment. One of our biggest challenges is always keeping the site up to date; and, that is our goal. Of course, your suggestions are always welcome and can be shared with us by emailemailing parksinfo .

    Our mission in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is quite simply to “Create Community through People, Parks and Programs.” It is a mission we take seriously and focus on in everything we do. New Haven is a great place to live, work and play; and New Haven’s Park system showcases 2260 acres of natural and developed beauty for you to enjoy. Whether it’s jogging, biking or taking a stroll there are miles and miles of trails to enjoy. You can canoe, kayak, or wind surf; make candles, learn about raptors, play tennis or enjoy organized programs & events throughout the City of New Haven. If it’s active sports, passive recreation, or anything in between it’s right here in New Haven for you to enjoy. Check out the programs offered through our Rangers and Community Recreation Supervisors. It’s a great way to get fit, have fun and make new friends.

    Take some time to sit on the beach at Lighthouse Point Park. The view is great and I enjoy it year round. Try the views from the top of East Rock by hiking up one of the many trails. Need guidance, contact outstanding East Rock Ranger Dan Barvir. He's got a wealth of information to share on this outstanding property and can be reached by calling the Nature Center at 946-6086.

    Want to walk or jog, try Eastshore or Peat Meadow Park or the running tracks at Bowen Field or Wilbur Cross High School. How about playgrounds and sports fields? Sixty (60) are scattered throughout the City of New Haven … there will most likely be one within walking distance for you to enjoy. How about pools and splashpads for relief from the summer heat or swimming year-round?

    There’s always something to do or somewhere to go when you are in the mood to get out and get fit or just relax and enjoy the day. The New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is here for you; so, feel free to call, email or write. We value your input and share your interest in our great park system.

    Take some time to explore our website and then some more time to explore New Haven Parks, one of Connecticut’s most diverse and beautiful park systems. You won’t be disappointed


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    Polar Plunge at Lighthouse Point Park
    Canoeing at East Rock Park
    Winterfest at West Rock Nature Center
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