New Haven Parks Newsletter
April Newsletter April 2010, Volume 1, Number 2

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

April Break - Vacation Camp

April 19 - 23, 2010 (Monday-Friday), 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Extended Hours: 8:00am – 4:00 pm additional $25.00
Age Groups: 8 to 13
2 Locations: Coogan Pavilion in Edgewood Park and Trowbridge Environmental center in East Rock Park Enrollment cost $65.00 for New Haven Residents/$130.00 Non-residents

Applications & Itineraries available online at: and The Parks Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Football, Soccer, Golf, Kite Flying, Chess Tournament
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Spring Walks, Bird Walks, Trail Work, Rock to Rock Earth Day Bike Ride
Edgewood - Nature and Senior Walks, Nature Pals, Bocce Court
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Sea Creatures Touch Tanks
West Rock - Nature Games: Deer, Amphibians & Spiders, Hikes: Star Gazing and Sunset, Fishing Day

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page
Special Events
Soldiers and Sailors Monument Celebration

Nature PalsSoldiers' and Sailors' Monument Celebration

Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and the Department of Parks & Recreation are proud to release the schedule of exciting events celebrating the re-opening of the majestic Soldiers’ & Sailors' Monument atop the summit of East Rock Park.

Check Your Calendars and Save This Date:
April 24, 2010 - Rock to Rock: Biking from West Rock to East Rock, War Re-enactments sponsored by Fort Nathan Hale Preservations Projects Organization

Click here for a complete listing of Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Celebration events for 2010.

Nature PalsNature Pals Play Group at Edgewood

Nature Pals is an ever-growing program run in conjunction with the Friends of Edgewood Park. Since it inception, parents have been bringing their kids ages 0-5 to weekly meetings at the Edgewood Ranger Station, where participants engage in nature-related story telling, outdoor exploration, and craft projects. Right now registration is open for the Spring Session. Cost is $40.00 per family for New Haven Residents ($56 for non-residents). Scholarships are available trough the Friends of Edgewood Park.

Contact Ranger Harry Coyle , Edgewood Park Ranger, for more information call (203) 946-8028

Community Recreation Activities and Events

April is rich with activities and special events. Visit the Community Recreation Page for a full listing of family activities and sports schedules. We offer swimming, football, aerobics, golf and more!

Click on the links below for more details, to download flyers and registration forms:

  • April Vacation Camp - Ages 8-13 - April 19 to 23, at Edgewood and East Rock Parks
  • Chess - 1st Annual City-wide Chess Tournament, Saturday May 8th at J. Martinez School
  • Kite Flying - Kite Flying Day, Saturday May 1st at Lighthouse Park - Prizes!!!
  • Flag Football - It is Football Season again! at Martinez, Conte, King/Robinson, Troup schools
  • Tennis Lessons- New Haven Youth Tennis at Edgewood, Wilbur Cross, East Short

ArcheryNew! Outdoor Adventure Archery Program

A new component of the Outdoor Adventure Program is Archery. Our Beginner Archery consists of a series of classes concentrating on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery. These classes are taught by our certified instructors, using the latest recurve equipment.

The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience that are seeking a refresher session. All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students Classes open to participants ages 9 and above. Parents & children may shoot together.

May 13, 2010, 5PM to 7PM. During this Demo day, participants will have a chance to shoot for one hour. Cost is $10 per residents and $15 for non residents.

July 1, 2010. This is the beginning of full a class, which is divided in three weeks, once a week for one hour. Total cost will be $30 for New Haven residents and $45 for non-residents.

Contact Ranger Joe Milone, Park Ranger, for more information call (203) 946-8016 or email

New! Kayak and Canoe Rental Programs

Our newest program will provide participants with the opportunity to rent a canoe/kayak and paddle on their own at the Mill River in New Haven.All equipment will be provided. Basic instruction and a safety talk will be provided. No pets allowed.

For Kayaking the minimum age is twelve (12) years of age. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. We offer sit-on-top single, double, and triple kayaks. For Canoeing, the minimum age is five (5) and at least one adult must be present in each canoe.

Depending on weight and size, canoes will accommodate between 2-4 participants. All participants must depart and return at the same time. Travelers must remain between the safety boats. All participants, particularly in kayaking, must expect getting wet to some degree. Participants must also sign an Acknowledgement of risk and Release of Liability.

We advise participants to leave all valuables and non-waterproof electronics in a safe place. The Department/staff will not be responsible for lost, damaged or stolen personal items. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.

2010 Dates & Prices:
May 22: Kayak & Canoe on the Mill River, 9:00AM-1:00PM
June 12: Kayak & Canoe on the Mill River, 9:00AM-1:00PM
July 10: Kayak & Canoe on the Mill River, 9:00AM-1:00PM
August 14: Kayak & Canoe on the Mill River, 9:00AM-1:00PM
October 2: Kayak & Canoe on the Mill River, 9:00AM-1:00PM

Kayaking New Haven Residents: $5 for single, $10 double, $15 triple.
Kayaking Non-Residents: $10 for single, $20 double, $30 triple
Canoeing New Haven Residents: $2 per participant regardless of age.
Canoeing Non-Residents: $4 per participant regardless of age.

Space is limited and is on a first-come-first served basis. We do not accept reservations.
Please bring exact change or money orders. No personal checks can be accepted.

In addition, we also offer beginning and intermediate kayaking classes, and tours. For more information please contact: Martin Torresquintero at (203) 946-6768 or

Paddle SafetyPaddle Safety Day

Are you a safe paddler? Is your boat properly equipped for emergencies? Are you using the right size or type of boat? Paddle Safety Day is a great way for paddlers of all abilities to start the season.

The City of New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Boating Division, and the US Coast Guard, will present a unique family affair of safe paddling displays, and information sessions on Sunday April 11, at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven from 10 AM to 2PM.

The event is free of charge and will feature demonstrations and other topics including. sit-on-top and sit-inside touring kayaks, kayak fishing rigs, Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s), paddles, solo and tandem rescues, safety gear, clothing, self-rescue, choosing the right craft, interactive games at the DEP trailer. And much more.

Professionals from the US Coast Guard, certified canoe and kayak instructors from the City of New Haven, and a variety of representatives from the paddling industry and the DEP Boating Division will be on hand to answer any questions.

Contact: Inquiries can be directed to the DEP Boating Division at (860) 434-8638 or Martin Torresquintero, (New Haven Parks & Recreation) (203) 946-6768 or

PaddlingAdaptive Paddling Workshop

May 13-17, 2010 - For the first time ever in Connecticut, The City of New Haven Department of Parks Recreation and Trees, in conjunction with the American Canoe Association (ACA) will be offering an Adaptive Paddling Workshop at Lighthouse Point Park.

Designed for instructors, outfitters, recreation program managers, trip leaders, and those who want to include people with disabilities in their canoeing or kayaking programs. Participants will learn how to compensate for a paddlers loss of function due to disability, how to adapt equipment and instruction and how to focus on the paddlers ability. This course includes a classroom and hands on learning, a pool session and open water paddling.

This is a certificate course open to all who are interested in integrating persons with disabilities into their paddling programs. Candidates do not have to be a certified canoe or kayak instructor to participate. All ACA certified instructors will receive an Adaptive Paddling Endorsement on all current certifications and ACA certified instructors will receive an update credit upon completion of the entire course.

This training will also allow for the Outdoor Adventure Program to increase the number of certified canoe and/or kayak instructors qualified to work with people with disabilities.

Contact Ranger Martin Torresquintero, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, for more information call (203) 946-6768 or email

AwardSpecial Awards - New Haven Public Schools

Special Awards was given to a New Haven Public Schools student mentor by The Outdoor Adventure Program.

The Society of Women Engineers Award was given to Beatriz L. Sao from High School in the Community for " How does the temperature of the ocean affect the intensity of hurricanes" Beatriz is one of the students that have been mentor by the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator. Her project was among six NHPS projects given awards at the CT State Science Fair held March 11-14 at Quinnipiac University Gymnasium. 23 projects from 6 different New Haven schools entered projects in the CT State Fair this year, and judges selected 150 finalists from over 500 projects entered state wide. Taken advantage of the fact that many of our Nature Education staff has a strong background in science and biology, the Park Rangers and Outdoor Adventure Coordinator have also mentor winner projects from Nathan Hale, Wilbur Cross, and Columbus family Academy among others. Rangers have also been involved as Judges for many school based and City Wide science fairs.

Beatriz measures the relative humidity and temperature of a water sample during one of her many trials.

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