Elm City Parks Conservancy (ECPC) is a not-for-profit parks advocacy
organization serving the New Haven parks system. Our mission is to strengthen
public awareness of and participation in the city’s parks. Our
methods include building partnerships with individuals, park friends
groups and other community-based organizations, and sharing resources.
ECPC’s scope is as broad as the New Haven Parks System, a network
of over 100 parks and green spaces. We work to enhance all of New Haven’s
parks and monuments, from the smallest parcels, such as Kimberly Square’s
ghost ship monument, to the largest, like East Rock Park’s four
hills and 425 acres.
The partnering of ECPC with the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees
provides many opportunities for new programs, new monies and new ideas,
that can positively influence the direction, management and shape of
our beloved parks and monuments. ECPC is a regular presence at public
hearings and park events. From individual park festivals to city-wide
planning meetings, ECPC provides support, information and advocacy assistance
for New Haven park users.
An all-volunteer Board of Directors governs ECPC.
29 Atwater Street
New Haven, CT 06513
|Marge Ottenbreit, President
Dave Demers, Secretary
Anna Schildroth, Treasurer
Rita Vaughn Wilson
If you’d like to find out more about us, volunteer, or become
more involved with New Haven’s parks, please contact us at: 203-946-2459
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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First Day New Haven Winter Festival - Featuring: Polar Plunge
at Lighthouse Point Park - January 1st, 2016, 11 AM - 2 PM
| Hot tubs | Incredible brunch |
| Activities for kids |
Information: call 203-946-2459 or email: email@example.com
Register online: www.eventbrite.com - download flyer and registration form.
It has been a busy and productive summer, and hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone already. We are now beginning our plans for POLAR PLUNGE - FIRST DAY NEW HAVEN. We hope to make registration easier this year with an improved on-line registration format. Enjoy Polar Plunge!
At Edgewood Park, Green Team volunteers maintained the park, worked with Urban Resources Initiative (URI) to plant and care for 10 new trees, while the Youth at Work group teamed up with the Parks Department to rehab the West Park Avenue foot trail. The group established an Urban Oasis with help from URI and Common Ground High School kids. While coordinating volunteers from churches, Stantec Engineering, SCSU, Quinnipiac and Yale, they sponsored Nature Pals for the park's youngest friends. After gaining funding for the new water fountain at the Gazebo, water will begin flowing in spring. Next up is replacing the long-lost plaque on the monument to the Spanish American Fighter. Other events held include the BIG! Fall Hike, Edgewood Park Day, and the Maple Sap/Sugar Social. Excellent work!
The Butterfly Gardens at Lighthouse Park are thriving under the watchful eye of John Cox and his crew. They began in early spring to clean, prepare and get ready for planting flowers in late spring. This group meets every Friday morning and welcomes anyone interested in gardening and butterflies.
To recap some other activities in our parks this past summer, Elm City Parks Conservancy's summer intern from Southern Connecticut State University worked to beautify the Pardee Greenhouse and other New Haven parks, including West River Memorial Park, Griswold Triangle, Fort Nathan Hale, the Butterfly Garden at Lighthouse Park and Front Street Park. Jennifer's efforts were much appreciated.
The recently formed Friends of Fort Wooster had a British Invasion anniversary celebration on July 5th with representatives from various historical societies, including East Haven, Wallingford, West Haven, the New Haven Historical Museum, Fort Nathan Hale and ECPC. The hope is to list Fort Wooster on the National Register of Historical Places.
Elsewhere in New Haven, Nan Bartow and the Friends of Beaver Pond Park met throughout the summer on Wednesday evenings. With a stalwart group of volunteers, invasive species were removed, mulch was spread, and plants were watered to improve the area's beauty. Another accomplishment was the care given to newly planted perennials, which were lovingly installed after being raised for this purpose at Pardee Greenhouse. Working with URI intern Uma Bhandaram this past fine summer, community stewardship was emphasized, as the group monitored environmental issues at Bowen Field. Kudos!
ECPC's Board Member, Doreen Abubakar, busy at the Learning Center in Newhallville, also planted along the Farmington Canal and helped make the West River Festival another huge success. The West River Memorial Park group installed plantings around the Timothy Francis Ahearn (The Doughboy) monument, which were greatly enjoyed by our local deer – alas, they ate them up! Yes, a very fun park!
The Friends of Edgerton Park and East Rock Park furthered their work all summer with interns to preserve and maintain the parklands and trails. Continuing their traditional seasonal events, such as Shakespeare in the Park, the Chili-Cook Off (sadly a no-go this year) and the Photo Contest, these groups keep on doing terrific work! Here's to all of the Friends of Edgerton Park and Friends of East Rock Park!
Thank you all and see you at the Polar Plunge!
Marge Ottenbreit, President, ECPC
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Each month from June through October, ECPC holds a community service event in a different New Haven park. Our goals are to organize needed maintenance and beautification – we offer a present to each park – while becoming a greater presence throughout the entire parks system. At these events, all are welcome to help out, meet your neighbors and improve the quality of your environs.
Each summer, ECPC hires several Student Conservation Association (SCA)
interns who seek the opportunity to gain valuable resource conservation
work experience. Motivated young men and women from across the United
States and around the world apply to SCA for short or long-term positions.
Our SCA Resource Assistants assist with our mission, working with the
New Haven Park Rangers, local Park Friends Groups, and ECPC staff.
They provide manual labor as well as conduct community education and
outreach activities to help restore, maintain, and enhance New Haven’s
Through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, ECPC offers grants of up to $250 to Parks Friends and neighborhood groups to offset the expenses of holding events at their local parks. Click here for information and application.
ECPC actively supports the ongoing conservation of New Haven's public sculptures through our Monument Medallion Program. Using the momentum from the success of our Save Our Sculpture campaign, through which we funded the restoration of the Timothy Ahearn Monument in West River Memorial Park, we have commissioned Woodbury Pewter to manufacture commemorative medallions that feature New Haven Park sculptures and monuments.
Five Mile Point Lighthouse adorned our first medallion in 2004, followed by the Christopher Columbus statue in Wooster Square in 2005. In conjunction with the office of former Mayor John DeStefano, ECPC selected the Angel of Peace (located atop East Rock Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument) for the 2006 edition to honor the rededication of this statue following a substantial conservation program to maintain its integrity and elegance. The 2007 Monument Medallion features the Defenders' Monument, commemorating a unique Revolutionary War battle fought right here in New Haven.
Click here for Ornament Order Form.
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Volunteers in the Parks:
Kimberly Field Entrance Restored - New Haven Independent
New Haven's Polar Bears Aren't Extinct - New Haven Independent
Long Wharf Nature Preserve - New Haven Independent
Bird Watching: Don't Move That Trail - New Haven Independent
Public Art in the Parks:
‘Angel of Peace’ statue returns to East Rock today - New Haven Register
Statue to be returned to East Rock - New Haven Register
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View our newsletters and see what we've accomplished.
A membership in ECPC benefits New Haven's wonderful park system, our organizationís efforts, and serves each of our members as well. The parks gain more dedicated friends and advocates, ECPC accrues strength in numbers to more effectively carry out our mission; and members can stay informed about our events, programs and efforts.
download a membership
form right-click here.
- Fill in the form.
- Mail it with your check to :
PO BOX 9667
New Haven, CT 06536
New Haven has more than a dozen Park Friends Groups that contribute time, energy and innovative ideas to keep our parks vibrant and healthy. ECPC has worked to strengthen the parks by providing resources and information to these established and developing neighborhood groups. ECPC also helps with mailings, outreach, fundraising, and event insurance through our partnership with the Parks Department, and will advocate on the behalf of Park Friends Groups on appropriate issues of concern.
The current Friends Groups include:
Edgerton Park Conservancy
Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects, Inc.
Friends of Bayview Park
Friends of Beaver Ponds Park
Friends of Bishop Woods Bird Sanctuary
Friends of East Rock Park
Friends of Edgewood Park
Friends of Jocelyn Square
Friends of Lenzi Memorial Park
Friends of Lighthouse Park Carousel
Friends of Rainbow Park
Friends of West River Memorial Park
Friends of West River Narrows Area
Historic Wooster Square Association
Proprietors of the Common & Undivided Lands (New Haven Green)
West Rock Ridge Park Association
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A new group, Friends of Lighthouse Point Park, has formed. We invite anyone interested in helping to contact ECPC at our email address or call us at 203-946-2459. Please contact us if you are interested in joining a Park Friends Group - or even starting one of your own! We can help!
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