New Haven Parks Newsletter
September Newsletter 2010, Volume 1, Number 7

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

SwimmingSports and Recreation -
Programs for Fall

Sports and Rec programs will begin in October. For information and to sign up for activities, visit the New Haven Parks website to download schedules and registration forms.

  • Flag football ages 8 to Adult
  • Co-ed Volleyball (middle school)
  • Beginner Basketball Clinics 7-10 for boys & girls
  • Swimming lessons
  • Adult aerobics
  • Lunch time Walks on the New Haven Green

For information contact:
Felicia C. Shashinka,
Recreation Supervisor, New Haven Parks & Recreation

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Soccer, Golf
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Bat Walk, Hawk Watches
Edgewood - Family Fun Day, Bat Walk, Summer Nature Walks, Senior Nature Walks, Nature Pals Playground, First Day of Autumn Nature Walk,
Lighthouse Point - Migration Festival, Kayaking Clinic, Hawk Watches, Climb the Lighthouse, Full Moon Kayaking
West Rock - Last Summer Hike, Harvest Moon Hike, Fall Crawl Hike, Fear Face-Off: Falling
Outdoor Adventure - Kayaking Clinic, Canoe New Haven
Also check the Parks calendar:
Tour Nathan Hale & Black Rock Fort
Sunday in the Park at Edgerton Park

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page - Swimming, Aerobics, Basketball, Football, Walks

City-wide Pass & Kick Competition

City-wide Pass & Kick Competition is open to any child boy or girl from 7-12 years old.
The following are the age categories: • 7 & 8 yrs, • 9 & 10 yrs, • 11 & 12 yrs

Children will compete at various locations around the city and then the top kickers and throwers will compete at a citywide semi-final. The winners will compete at Yale Youth Day on October 2, 2010 before the Yale Albany football game.

City wide pass and kick competition will be held at following times and locations:

Location Date & Time
Troup School Tuesday September 14, 3-5pm
King/Robinson School Wednesday September 15, 4-6pm
>Martinez School Thursday September 16, 3-5 pm
Goffe Street Park Wednesday September 22, 4-6pm

Citywide Semi Finals @ Goffe Street Park
Tuesday September 28 6-7:30 pm
Rain date Wednesday September 29 6-7:30pm
Citywide Finals @ Yale and Central Field
Finals October 2, 2010

Deputy Director, Bill Dixon -
The Midnight Basketball League

The Midnight Basketball League concluded play on Friday, August 13, 2010 at the Mohegan Suns Arena. The girls league played there championship game on the court before the WNBA game, Seattle Storm vs the Connecticut Sun. The girls had a great time. They even meet, Aisha Jones, Tina Charles, Sue Bird, Renee Montgomery and few other WNBA players after the game. Some players received wrist band, head band autograph signature and two lucky players were able to get Aisha Jones autograph on a pair of sneakers she wore during the game. We couldn't keep those girls seated home on the bus. A special thanks out to my staff who did an absolute awesome job in operating the league this summer. League Co-Coordinators, Al Lucas & James Wright Sr.
Asst. Coordinator, Debra McClease.

Coach Bill Dixon
Sitting at the scorers' table,
Tanya Solomon, Bill Dixon, & James Wright

To all MBA league coaches:
Courtney Oblena, Vaughn Collins, Casandra McClease, Vincent McCray, Glenn Middleton, Rodney Moore, Gerald McClease, Anthony Moye, Jefferey Kennerly, Maria Olmo, Daila Temple, Christine Sessions, Tanya Solomon, John Whitley, Tyrone Palmer, Earon Williamson & Ebony McClease.
"Great job this summer in mentoring and coaching."
~ Bill Dixon

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball
Left to right, Lauren Silva, Carmen Rosemond, and Deb Narowski


Fall Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park
Sept. 26, 2010 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Lighthouse Point Park has long been known as one of Connecticut's premiere locations to view migrating hawks. Lighthouse Point has been classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Audubon, CT. Please join Ranger Dan Barvir for hawk watches on 9/8, 9/15 & 9/22 from 8am to 11am at the park. 203-946-6086

East Rock Park is another wonderful birding site. Please join Ranger Dan Barvir at the Summit for hawk watches on 9/9 & 9/16 from 8am to 11am.

For dates and times of walks, please check out our Parks Department's Website Activity Calendar.

Migration Festival

Contact Ranger Dan Barvir, East Rock Ranger, call 203-946-6086 or email dbarvir@newhavenct.. Event is Free to the Public.

Summer Camp Ends with Field Day Extavaganza

Summer Parks and Rec counselors.

The dunk



For more photos of New Haven Summer Camp Field Day visit the Park's website photo gallery

ButterflyCommunity Gardens and Greenspaces

September finds our gardens producing loads of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. It has been a very successful growing season. We haven’t had much rain, so all of the Community Gardeners and Greenspace participants have been diligently watering their plants.

Our Annual Celebration for all of those who participated in Greenspace and Community Gardens will be on September 22nd at the Carousel at Lighthouse Park. We will have some food provided, but we hope gardeners and greenspace members will be able to contribute some special dishes for us to share.

On September 15th the New Haven Land Trust will host a special dinner honoring two contributors to the Long wharf Nature Preserve at Leon’s Restaurant. Kris Sainsbury and David Rehr have been important to the preserve and to many other projects in New Haven. They are both long-time New Haven volunteers.

If you are interested in attending the dinner, please contact the New Haven Land Trust 203-562-6655, or call Doreen Larson-Oboyski at 203-946-2203 or email

Our first annual Perennial Swap will be in early October at the Pardee Rose garden. Any one that is willing to share perennials from their garden, please save a few for the “Perennial Plant Swap”. The rules and date will be posted on the Parks Department web site next week. We will determine how many perennials each person contributes and then each will take a turn picking that number of other peoples donated perennials.

Please take a look at some of our gardeners working to make New Haven a more beautiful city.

Community Gardens
Allan Appel & Marge Ottenbreit with the 2 student Interns from ECPC
helping to plant a tree at Dover Beach Park, one of this year's Greenspace Projects.

Community Gardens
The Seawall Planters planting a tree on Concord Street.
This is one of many planted in Morris Cove by this Greenspace group.

Community Gardens
Teacher Mary McNearney with students from her Adult Ed class
who planted flowers at Long Wharf near the Visitor's Center.

Community Gardens
The New haven Land Trust and the Parks Department sponsored class
about compost and worms at the Barnard Nature Center

Community Gardens
Children at the Fair Haven Public Library Community Garden
sampling the greens that they grew this summer.

Community Gardens
The beautiful Children's Community Garden at the Fair Haven Public Library.

Contact Doreen Larson-Oboyski, for more information email:

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