New Haven Parks Newsletter
June Newsletter 2011, Volume 2, Number 6
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

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Summer Camp Brochrue 

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The City of New Haven Parks and Recreation Department Summer Camp Brochure contains Program Listings, Schedules and Locations, and printable Registrations Forms.
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Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Basketball, Martial Arts, Family Fun Days, Tennis, Volleyball
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Birdwalks, Hikes
Edgewood - Nature Walks Nature Pals Playgroup
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Tour Fort Nathan Hale
Barnard Center - Sea Animals of LI Sound
Complete Listing: check the Parks calendar

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Kayak Rescue ClinicFullmoon Kayaking

Lighthouse Point Park
June 15, 2011, 7:00 pm
$75 for Residents/ $100 for non-residents

This trip is not for beginners, so we ask that you complete one of our Kayaking Clinics in advance. If you are already a seasoned paddler, you can opt out of our clinics by completing a quick skills test. These tests will be offered one hour prior to the start of any Kayaking event at Lighthouse Point Park and require you to perform a wet-exit and deep water re-entry (solo or tandem). We require that you pre-register for a skills test for a Full Moon Kayaking session.

Contact Martin Torresquintero at (203)946-6768 or

Canoeing and Kayaking at East Rock Park

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. Basic instruction and a safety talk will be provided. All equipment will be provided. No pets allowed.

Age Groups:
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 Acknowledgment 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.


  • 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.

Contact Martin Torresquintero at (203) 946-6768 or

Youth Tennis LessonsNew Haven Youth Tennis

Spring/Summer Tennis Lessons 2011

Practice-Play-Discover - 5 locations:
Edgewood Park, Wilbur Cross High School, Old Grant School, Clinton Avenue School, East Shore Park
Click here to download schedules and registration forms.


Connecticut Native American Inter-Tribal Urban Council

Native American CraftFirst Annual Founders Day Pow Wow
Saturday, June 11, 2011 - East Rock Park Summit

Gates open 10:00 AM, Grand Entry 12 Noon

All are invited. General Admission $7, Seniors/Veterans/Students $5
Children 12 and under FREE

  • Native American Foods
  • Native American Crafts, Drumming, Singing, Dancing
  • Birds of Prey

For information contact: or call 203-397-8507

Movie: Indiana JonesMovie: Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull

Location: Edgewood Park Ranger Station
Admission: FREE
Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 8:00PM

Outdoors on the green between the Edgewood Park Playground
and the Edgewood Park Ranger Station.

  • Free popcorn.
  • Bring your own chair/blanket and insect repellent

Sponsored by New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees,
and The Friends of Edgewood Park

For more information, contact or call 203-500-7777.

Edgewood Park Nature Pals Playgroup

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00 am
$35/New Haven family ... 7 weeks

Explore the wonders of nature with your little ones, ages 2 -5 at the Edgewood Park Ranger Station. This fun, weekly program includes activities, story time, outdoor exploration and a craft project all based on a different nature theme each week. A kosher snack is also provided. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Register at New Haven Parks Department
720 Edgewood Ave. or call 203 - 946-8027.
This program is provided by Friends of Edgewood Park in conjunction with the City of New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees.

BocceBocce In Edgewood Park:
Demo, Learn, Play!

Edgewood Park Bocce Court
Edgewood Avenue at Hobart Street
Saturdays in June, 10 am - noon. Fun for all ages!

  • Demos
  • Lessons
  • Balls provided

Sponsored by The Friends of Edgewood Park and The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees.

For more information, contact or call 203-500-7777.

Weekly Farmers Market Returns To Edgewood Park Every Sunday

Sunday, June 5th is the Edgewood Park Market's Opening Day Celebration.

Farmers Market

Summer is almost here and the weekly CitySeed Farmers Market in Edgewood Park is back!

Make a day of it with friends and family and enjoy live music, kids activities, special guests, and the honorary lettuce toss! Hope to see you there! Fresh greens, asparagus, rhubarb, and more! Stay tuned for a full list of this Sunday's vendors. For a full market schedule, visit the CitySeed website.

West Rock Avenue entrance to Edgewood Park (off Whalley)

Barnard Nature CenterLighthouse Point Park Migration Festival

Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies

Lighthouse Point Park
Sunday, September 25, 2011
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Contact: 203-946-6086

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England!

  • Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
  • See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations!
  • See and feel Long Island Sound Creatures in touch tanks!
  • Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
  • Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
  • Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
  • Live Music!
  • Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
  • Bird walks and more!

This event is a cooperative effort sponsored by the New Haven Parks, Recreation and Tree Dept., New Haven Bird Club, CT Butterfly Association, Audubon Connecticut, CT Ornithological Association , CT Audubon Society, and Northeast HawkWatch. Audubon Connecticut’s support of this event was made possible by the generosity of The Jeniam Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Suggested donation: $5/car. Proceeds go towards next year’s event!

14th Annual Westville Village Artwalk Photo Gallery

Westville Artwalk

Held on Mother's Day weekend in the heart of Westville Village, ArtWalk is one of CT's largest local and regional arts showcases, offering free fun for all ages from West Rock Ave. to Blake St!


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