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.
|Marge Ottenbreit, President
Dave Demers, Secretary
|Chris Ozyck |
Anna Schildroth, Treasurer
Rita Vaughn Wilson
Atwater Senior Center
26 Atwater Street
New Haven, CT 06515
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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Polar Plunge - First Day New Haven
Each year on January 1st, brave souls around the world start off the New Year by stripping down, suiting up and plunging into icy waters!. Join ECPC at the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park for our city’s version of this time-honored and wonderfully wacky tradition. Polar Plunge - First Day New Haven is back! Now that the devastation from Super Storm Sandy has come and gone, Polar Plunge - First Day New Haven will be held at Lighthouse Point Park on January 1, 2015 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Kids will jump in first at high noon, and adults will take the plunge at 12:30 pm. All Plungers will enjoy a full brunch for $20, and with all supporters joining in for just $10. There will be prizes for those in costume, a raffle, and Polar Plunge hoodies and t-shirts for supporters to purchase during this enjoyable family “fun-raising” event. The Lighthouse will also be open for tours up to the top. Always a great way to start off the New Year!
As in years past, Parks Plungers can collect sponsorship pledges in support of ECPC or dedicate funds raised to benefit their favorite local park or other open space. In return, a wonderful family brunch is provided, along with the opportunity to spend some time soaking in our steaming hot tubs after taking the plunge, and celebrate the coming of 2015.
For information about online pledging, receiving pledge packages, and further details, call:
or visit www.razoo.com/story/Ecpc
Join ECPC as we celebrate New Haven's incredible parks and open spaces, and hear about what we have accomplished over the year. The date and location of this year's annual meeting will be announced here, so check back later for more details.
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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 organization’s 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!
Email Elm City Parks Conservency
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