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June Newsletter 2013, Volume 3, Number 6
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Public Swimming Schedules

John S. Martinez School - 100 James Street
James Hillhouse High School - 480 Sherman Parkway
Clinton Avenue School - 293 Clinton Avenue
Career High School - 140 Legion Avenue
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Monday thru Friday - 4pm-8pm

Click here to visit the Parks Sports and Recreation page for more information.

In this Issue:

Summer Camp Brochure

Activities, Schedule and Registration Forms

Brochure Contents:

  • Registration Information
  • Camp Information & Policies
  • Cool Camps for Hot Summer Days
    • City Camp
    • Nature Pals
    • Eco Adventure Camps
    • Canoeing & Kayaking Camp
    • Theatre Camp Music Camp
  • Registration & Health Forms
  • Summer Community Recreation
  • Open Schools
  • All-Star Sports Camps
    • Basketball
    • Track & Field
    • Kids Tennis Clubs
  • Public Swimming Pool Schedule
  • Mobile Playground Bus Schedule

2013 Summer Camp Brochure

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Discover the Treasured Parks of New Haven
~ Lighthouse Point Park ~

Lighthouse at New Haven HarborJune is a special month at one of New Haven’s most spectacular parks. Located at 2 Lighthouse Road, Lighthouse Point Park is the site of countless beautiful weddings on the beach and in the hundred year old Carousel. Romance, history, sun and salt air abound at this gem of the coastline. Enjoy a tour of the century old lighthouse, kayak or canoe on Morris Cove, hike the bird trails, picnic near the well-tended Butterfly garden and meadow, fly a kite, investigate the wildlife, swim at the beach, romp in the splash pad, play volleyball, climb the playground and renew your spirit by the water.

New Haven’s Park Rangers lead tours, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, and nature programs at Lighthouse Point Park. The highlight of the year is the Migration Festival coming up on September 22 2013. Live hawks and owls will amaze you and your family. The event is run under the expertise of avid birder and Park Ranger, Dan Barvir. Recreation Supervisors, Felicia Shashinka and Rex Cone will be running one of New Haven’s finest summer camps for children, ages 5 to 13 at Lighthouse this summer.

There’s certainly a lot to do at this beautiful shoreline park. Parking fees are charged for non-residents. New Haven residents are extended free parking passes. Make Lighthouse Point Park a must visit destination this June.

For wedding or reservation information, contact Sabrina Bruno at sbruno@newhavenct.net.
For other program information
, contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees at 203-946-8027
or visit our web site at www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks.

Lighthouse Point Park
Playground
Lighthouse Point Park
Splash Pad
Lighthouse Point Park
Swing Set on the Beach
Lighthouse Point Park
Beach on Long Island Sound
Lighthouse Point Park
Shelling alongside New Haven Harbor
Lighthouse Point Park
The restored antique carousel
Lighthouse Point Park
Annual Migration Festival
Lighthouse Point Park
The Butterfly Garden

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Titans In The Elm City

The New Jersey Titans are the 2013 Elm City Volleyball Tournament Champions

Volleyball TournamentNew Haven, CT, May 23, 2013 – The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees has been offering a free co-ed volleyball league since this past November. Fifteen (15) teams from all levels currently participate on this league. The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees hosted its first Elm City Volleyball Tournament this past Friday May 17th, and Saturday May 18th at the John Martinez School gymnasium.

League rival teams: Reckn’ Ballz, Puerto Rico Hot, ID Brazil, and Dirty Mix readjusted their rosters, and recreated teams, specifically for this volleyball tournament. Six (6) advanced level teams signed up for the title of Elm City Volleyball Champions. Five (5) of the teams were from the New Haven Metro Area, and one (1) team, The Titans, came all the way from Paterson, New Jersey.

“We anticipated a tough battle with team Puerto Rico Hot, and we were prepared to see them at the finals, but the game changed very quickly….” said the New Jersey Titans Team Captain Jonathan Feliz after seeing team Puerto Rico Hot lose two (2) players due to injuries. The New Jersey Titans took home the title of Champions of the Elm City beating Team International 25-23 on the 1st set and the 25-21 on the second set. Honorable mention goes to the other teams: Puerto Rico Hot, Los Vinotinto, The Thunders, and Team Dynamite for their participation.

“I think we have set a new standard for our program and hope to continue the building process to promote volleyball in the City of New Haven,” said Felicia Shashinka, Recreation Supervisor for the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees. New Haven’s Co-Ed Volleyball League is currently preparing to start their beach season at Lighthouse Point Park.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is responsible for the stewardship of the City of New Haven's entrusted assets for the enhancement of the City, the enjoyment of its citizens and for initiating and conducting recreational programs and activities for all New Haven citizens.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Felicia Shashinka at 203-946-8088 or email at fshashinka@newhavenct.net.


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GeocoachingOutdoor Adventure Club

Lighthouse Tours
Date: June 14, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Lighthouse Point Park
Ages: 10+
Cost: $5 per person
Tours are available on a first come/first served basis. Pre-registration is not required. *No flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes *Appropriate for ages 10+ *Participants must be able to climb a minimum of 87 stairs and a six foot ladder.

Friday Night Canoe Rentals
Date: June 14, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: The Mill River
Ages: 5+. 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $10 Per Boat for New Haven Residents/$20 for Non-Residents.$5 Individual Paddlers
New Haven Residents/ $10 for Non-Residents *up to 3 or 4 people per boat (TBD by Parks Staff)
First Come, First Serve. No Pre-Registration Required. No Experience Necessary. PFD, Paddle and Boat provided. Trip Length: about 45 minutes

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Tours
Date: June 22, 12 - 4 pm
Location: East Rock Summit
Ages: Appropriate for ages 10+
Cost: $5 per person
Tours are available on a first come/first served basis and can only be purchased in-person at the site the day of the climb. Pre-registration is not required.
*No flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes
*Participants must be able to climb a minimum of 87 stairs and a six foot ladder

To register or for information contact Martin Torresquintero, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
Phone (203)946-6768, email: mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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Friends of East Rock Park and Yale Day of Service Volunteers Clean Up Park

Friends of East Rock Park and Yale Day of Service volunteers
Friends of East Rock Park and Yale Day of Service volunteers

On Saturday May 11th, The Friends of East Rock Park and 20-plus Yale Day of Service volunteers helped to beatify East Rock Park’s College Woods.

College Woods playground at East Rock ParkTasks accomplished that day included completely cleaning the large playground. Additionally, volunteer’s shoveled dirt and sand, removed piles of leaves and pulled weeds. After that was done, we turned our attention to the Mill River bank edge along Cold Spring Street where this hard working group spread wood chips to improve the appearance of the edge and prevent soil erosion.

We, at New Haven Parks, would like to say thank you to all involved. Special thank you goes out to David Dshimchick. project leader for the Friends of East Rock Park, and Christina Coffin, who helped coordinate the Yale volunteers.

The New Haven Ranger Program holds weekly Bird Walks through out the season, so check out our website calendar of events and joins us this spring.

Nature Notes by Dan Barvir - East Rock Park Ranger.


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East Rock Road Bridge Closure Notice

As of April 22, the East Rock Road Bridge will be closed for construction. You will notice a number of signs guiding you around this section of the park. Construction is estimated to take about 250 days.

The City of New Haven’s Parks and the Engineering Department have work out the details to allow trail access to that area of the park, so only vehicular traffic will be detoured. Over the next few months the Engineering Department has assured us they will be holding informational meetings for the public and to address any concerns. After reviewing of the Bridge plans, we are sure that everyone will appreciate the design of this improvement for many years to come.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this project may cause and request your patience and cooperation while construction is taking place.


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The New Haven Fireworks - July 4, 2013

FireworksThe New Haven Fireworks will take place on July 4, at 9:00 PM. The display will be launched from the summit of East Rock Park.

Vehicles may park at the base of the summit for $5.00 where shuttle transportation will be provided to the top of the rock. Vehicles will not be allowed to drive to the top of the Summit; however, free parking is available near Wilbur Cross High School 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven. Foot or bike traffic to the summit will not be allowed on this date.

WYBC 94.3 will simulcast music throughout the fireworks display at the base of the park. Activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. with food and music throughout the afternoon and early evening. Free tours of the Sailors and Soldiers monument will take place throughout the day. Food & beverage Vendors will also be on site.


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Ranger Program Schedules

New Haven Park Rangers
Left to right: Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams, Dan Barvir

Nature and Recreational Walks
Saturday, June 1 - 10am to 1:00 pm National Trails Day -Trowbridgde center in College Woods
Park Clean-up with the Friends of East Rock Park
Dan
Tuesday, June 4 - 3:30-4:30 pm Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)
- Senior Friendly Program
Harry
Monday, June 10 -1-2pm Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)
- Senior Friendly Program
Harry
Tuesday, June 11 - 10-11am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wednesday, June 19 - 10am to 12noon Last Spring Bird Walk - Senior Friendly Program
Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park
Dan
Friday, June 21 - 10am to 11:30am Hike up Giant Steps (East Rock Summit) Wray
Wednesday, June 12 - 3:30-4:30 pm Spring Bird Walk (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thursday, June 13 - 3:30-4:30 pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Monday, June 17 - 10-11am Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Friday, June 21 - 10-11am First Day of Summer Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Friday, June 21 - 1-2pm First Day of Summer Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Friday, June 21 - 3:30-4:30 pm First Day of Summer Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Park Tours
Tuesday, June 11 - 1-3pm Lighthouse Tours (Lighthouse Point Park) -
Info: (203) 691-3539
Harry&Wray
Friday, June 14 - 1-3pm Lighthouse Tours (Lighthouse Point Park) -
Info: (203) 691-3539
Harry&Joe
Saturday, June 22 - 12noon to 4pm Climb the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument - East Rock
Suggested Donation: $3.00
Staff
Outdoor Adventure Club
Thursday, June 20 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm Adult Open Archery - Senior Friendly Program - Fee: $10.00
West Rock Nature Center. To register call: 203 -946-6559
Staff
Friday, June 14 - 5-7pm Canoe Rentals (Mill River Boat Launch) Harry&Joe
Educational Programs
Monday, June 10 - 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven.
 
~ The Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station at East Rock Park is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School. Call Park Rangers Dan Barvir at 203 -946-6559 or Wray Williams at 203-946-6086 for directions or more information.
 
~ The Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34. The Edgewood Ranger Station at Edgewood Park is located at Edgewood Ave and Hobart Street. Contact Park Rangers Harry Coyle at (203) 691-3539 or Joe Milone at 203-946-6559 for directions or more information.


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Nature Pals Spring Session

Nature Pals

RobinThe Spring 2013 session of Nature Pals goes from May 1 - June 19, every Wednesday from 9:30-11:00am. Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and walks through Edgewood Park. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine!

Registration available and fees collected at the first meeting of the session.

Register by emailing NaturePalsFOEP@gmail.com.
$48 for 8 week session ($6/week). $7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Day Date Time Program
Wed 5 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Edgewood Ranger Station)
Wed 12 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Edgewood Ranger Station)
Wed 19 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Edgewood Ranger Station)

Scholarships are available through the Friends of Edgewood Park. Email NaturePalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Park in partnership with the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees.


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Holiday Tree SoughtEdgewood Park Farmers Market

Edgewood Park – Open year round
The Edgewood Park Market is every Sunday from 10am-2pm
Location: Edgewood Park, corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues.
Dates: May 5 - December 22 Day & Hours:
Sundays, 10:00am – 2:00pm Bus: B line.

Go to the CitySeed website for a full list of products and vendors.
Edgewood Park at Whalley West Rock Avenues


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Monthly Photo Gallery

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