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October Newsletter 2013, Volume 4, Number 10
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs

BasketballBasketball

Girls Only Basketball Clinic
Ages 8-10 years old (Thursdays 5:15-6:45)
11-13 years old (Thursdays 6:45-8:15)
Starting Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Where: Troup School
Cost: $15.00 per child

6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals:
Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing
This program is for girls who are beginner basketball players

In this Issue:

Boys Only Basketball Clinic

Ages 8-10 years old (Thursdays 5:15-6:45)
11-13 years old (Thursdays 6:45-8:15)
Starting Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Where: King Robinson School
Cost: $15.00 per child
6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals:
Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing
This program is for boys who are beginner basketball players

For more information contact:
Felicia Shashinka 203-946-8088 or fshashinka@newhavenct.net or
Rex Cone (203) 946-8022 or rcone@newhavenct.net
Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Basketball League
Registration: begins Oct. 15 and ends Nov.12th (Must show verification of grade)
Registration forms: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp
Practices start the week of Nov. 12th
(Game schedules will be handed out at practices) Practice will be during the week according to availability.

Kindergarten will have instruction and games at John Martinez 9-10am Saturdays registration ends Nov. 21, 2013
1st-2nd grades play at John Martinez 10-1pm Saturdays registration ends Nov. 21, 2013
3rd-4th play at John Martinez 5:30-7:30pm Thursday & Fridays (games), and at Wexler 9-1pm Saturdays.
5th-6th grades play at John Martinez and King/Robinson Thursdays nights from 5:15-8:15pm.
7th-8th grades play at Troup Friday nights 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: $20


Swimming

Swimming Lessons

Lessons begin the week of October 1st
Registration begins September 9th, 2013
Ages 4-18

Tuesdays and Thursdays Class Times:
4:00-4:45pm
5:00-5:45pm
6:00-6:45pm
7:00-7:45pm
Session 1 - Oct. 1st -Nov. 14th
Session 2 - Jan. 7th-Feb. 15th
Session 3 - March 4th-April 10th
Session 4 - April 29th-June 5th

Open Swim
Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm & Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm at John Martinez
Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm at Hillhouse

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Football

Flag Football Clinic
Dates: Saturdays,
September 28 to November 2
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Costs for program: $15
Location: Martinez School,
100 James Street, New Haven, CT
Ages: for boys and girls, ages 5 to 6
Youth Flag Football
Dates: Saturdays,
September 28 to November 2
Time: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost for program: $25
Location: Martinez School,
100 James Street, New Haven, CT
Ages: for boys and girls, ages 7 to 9
Football

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.

For more information contact:
Felicia Shashinka 203-946-8088 or fshashinka@newhavenct.net or
Rex Cone (203) 946-8022 or rcone@newhavenct.net


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After-School Outdoor Adventures

Kayak TouringWho: Students ages 8-12.
When: Tuesday’s 3:45 pm-5 pm
How Much: $25 per student for all 5 classes
Where: Edgewood Park (meet at 720 Edgewood Ave)
With: New Haven Park Rangers
Why:
- To have a better appreciation of the natural world in and around
- New Haven
- Learn outdoor skills
- Learn leadership skills
- Build confidence
- Be physically and mentally active

Dates:
October 1 - Animal Tracking. Edgewood Park
October 8 - Canoeing. Edgewood Park
October 15 - Pond Life Studies/Fishing. Edgewood Park
October 22 - Wilderness Survival. Edgewood Park
October 29 - Geocaching. Edgewood Park

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Ranger hatRanger Road Show

Bringing nature, outdoor education, and adventure recreation to the residents of New Haven.

When: Wednesday Afternoons - October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6
Time: 4:30 pm—6:00 pm

Date Program
October 2 Quinnipiac Terrace (Dover Beach Park)
October 9 Scantlebury Park
October 16 Fairmount Park
October 23 Beaver Pond Park
October 30 Brookside
November 6 Jocelyn Square

Every Wednesday in the month of October and the first week of November, be on the lookout for the Ranger Road Show! Our Ranger Bus will be filled with nature based recreation activities for children of all ages.

Activities may include live animal show, animal tracking, nature crafts, owl pellets and more…
All activities are FREE!!

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net

Ranger Road Show - Senior Edition

When: Tuesday Mornings
Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am

Be on the lookout for the Ranger Road Show on Tuesday mornings at your local Senior Center or Housing Complex! Our Ranger Bus will be filled with nature based recreation activities for adults of all ages. Activities may include live animal show, animal tracking, birding, nature walks and more…
All activities are FREE!!

Date Program
October 8 Atwater Senior Center
October 15 East Shore Senior Center
October 22 Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center
October 29 Casa Otonal
November 12 Bella Vista

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net

Rec & Roll Road Show

We bring the fun and games to you!
Come Visit Us, Every Wednesday, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Free of Charge!

Every Wednesday in the month of October and first week of November, be on the lookout for the Rec & Roll Fun Bus! The Fun Bus will be filled with physical recreation activities and arts and crafts for children of all ages.

Mobile playground

Date Program
October 2 Quinnipac Terrace (Dover Beach Park)
October 9 Brookside
October 16 McConaughy Terrace
October 23 Jocelyn Square
October 30 Scantlebury Park
November 6 Eastview Terrace

For more information call New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203.946.8027.


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Peregrine falconEast Rock’s Raven and Falcons

This past year, East Rock Park’s cliff face hosted two large nesting bird species, that entertained bird watchers and visitors, with their presence and flying ability. Both Peregrine Falcon and Common Ravens took up residence, nested and fledged 3 young each, in different locals on our park’s cliff ledges.

These bird species are among the world’s best flyers, exhibiting some spectacular aerial displays. Peregrines are considered the fastest bird in the world, approaching speeds of 200mph in a stoop or power dive. Ravens are excellent aerial acrobats as well as being considered one of the planet’s most intelligent birds.

Currently at the Summit, one can witness the miracle of bird migration on a daily basis this Fall. The cliff face provides hot air thermals, that assist migrating Bird of Prey on their journey south.

East Rock Summit area is open daily to sunset and provides excellent views of the City of New Haven, Long Island Sound, Fall foliage and of course Hawks.We, at New Haven Parks and Recreation Dept, encourage you to get outdoors and take a ride to the “Top of the Rock “today.

~ Ranger Dan Barvir


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Hiking

Family Intro to Archery

Dates: October 26— November 16 (4 Saturdays)
Times: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: West Rock Nature Center, 1080 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT
Ages: 8+
Cost: $60 per New Haven resident $80 for non-residents

The Beginner Archery series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. 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.

For more information: call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Outdoor Adventure

Indian Head Hike - East Rock Station
October 12, 9:30 - 11 am
Ages: 8+ (8-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free
Hike to one of the less traveled peaks in East Rock Park to peep the foliage change in New Haven.

Full Moon Hike - East Rock Ranger Station
October 18, 6 pm - 8 pm
Ages: 12+ (12-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free
Explore East Rock Park under the glow of the moon. Participants may bring flashlights (however we will ask people not to use them unless it is absolutely necessary)! Let the moonlight guide the way.

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Airline State Park Trail South Bike Ride - Saturday October 5, 2013

The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will lead a round trip on this spectacular bike trail, including transportation between New Haven and the eastern trail head in East Hampton, CT. The completed section of the Airline Rail Trail is a 22.4 mile section in Eastern Connecticut on the former tracks of the New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad. The railroad was called the Airline because it was the straightest route from Boston to New York.

The trail is composed of ballast, stone dust, and packed dirt, thus, most suitable for mountain bikes. Hybrids, and Cyclo-cross bikes may also perform well, but we do not recommend using a road bike here.

The trail environment is diverse with forest, streams and wetlands and it is known for being one of the best bike trails to experience the changing leaves in the Fall. It has over one dozen bridges and stone culverts and two large viaducts called the Lyman and The Colchester, which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Ride will also go by cranberry bogs and Raymond Brook Marsh, where lots of migrating waterfowl and songbirds may be seen, as well as water lilies, other aquatic plants and wildflowers. If you are into bird watching a compact pair of binoculars will be great to have.

Please note that there are no toilets, restaurants, or potable water anywhere on the trail (we will stop at a facility to use bathrooms at the beginning and end of the trip), so you must bring plenty of water and snacks.

Van and support vehicle will depart New Haven from the corner of Cold Spring and Orange Streets at 9:15AM Sharp and will return about 3:15PM. Vehicle ride will be about 1 hour each way. Participants will have 4 hours to ride as far as they wish during this time. For instance, fast riders maybe able to go all the way to the end (22.4miles) and back (total of 44.8 miles), but most casual riders may choose between 40 to 25 miles round trip, as there are many spectacular places to stop by and enjoy the scenery, including some well places picnic tables and benches. Please meet at the designated spot no later that 9:00AM to allow plenty of time for loading and securing the bikes.

Airline State Park Trail South Bike RideAirline State Park Trail South Bike Ride

Cost: New Haven residents: registration $10 per person includes transportation, copy of map, beverages and snacks. Non New Haven residents: registration fee $15 dollars per person includes copy of map, beverages and snacks. Optional charges: Bicycle and helmet rental: $10 per person

- Minimum age for bike rental: 12 years of age, when accompanied by an adult.
- Participants must know how to safely operate and ride a 21-speed bicycle
- Frame sizes available for rental are between 13 to 21 inches.
- All rental bikes are 21-speed mountain bikes, equipped with front suspension.
- All rental helmets are sanitized prior to each excursion.
- Bike rentals must be processed by no later than Friday at 5:00PM

Participants must bring the following: bicycle, helmet, 2 full water bottles, snacks, jacket, sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent, spare tube for your bike, and day pack or pannier to carry spare clothes and gear. All participants must wear helmets while riding with the group.

Pre-registration is mandatory and space is limited to 16 riders. Please specify which type of bike you will be using, tube size, and if your wheels are equipped with quick release mechanisms, Bicycles will be secured on bike tracks attached to the support vehicle.

For pre-registration or for more information please contact:
Martin Torresquintero - 203 946 6768 or mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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HalloweenHalloween Costume Extravaganza

Saturday, October 26, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Edgewood Park Ranger Station (On the Corner of Edgewood and Hobart)
Free of Charge

Costume Contest by age group prizes for Scariest, Most Creative,Funniest and Family Themed
For More Info please call 203.946.8027 or visit Cityofnewhaven.com/parks or facebook.com/newhavenparks

Event Also Includes:
• Raffle Prizes: 20” Girls Huffy Bike and 20” Boys Huffy Bike
• Music by D.J. J
• Arts & Crafts
• Group Games

For more information call New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203.946.8027.


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Disaster preparationDisaster Preparedness: are you ready?

Presented by New Haven Parks Recreation & Trees and
The New Haven Public Library

By Martin Torresquintero, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
Thursday October 10, 2013. 6:00PM

Fire, earthquake, Hurricanes, flooding, winter storms, extreme cold, industrial accidents,
all may occur in our area.
• Learn the basics of how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
• Learn about emergency and survival kits
• Learn about local emergency management programs, FEMA and American Red Cross guidelines
• And much more…

Free to the Public - Fair Haven Public Library
182 Grand Ave. New Haven, CT 06513
Tel (203)946-8115

Do not get caught unprepared!


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Community Day of Caring

On Sept 21, 31 Southern CT State University student Volunteers participated in a
Community Day of Caring.

Cleanup crew at Lighthouse
SCSU students, Friends of East Rock Park and Ranger Dan spread wood chips at Rice Field.

On Sept 21, 31 Southern CT State University student Volunteers participated in a Community Day of Caring.

The volunteers spread about 12 large piles of wood chips along the park banks at Rice athletic field, located at the base of East Rock. Supervised by volunteers from the Friends of East Rock Park and New Haven Park Ranger staff, the students did an amazing job. Park users and visitors will surely notice the visual and physical improvement at this site. We, at the New Haven Parks Department, would like to thank the SCSU students for their commitment to our City and its Parks.

~ Submitted by Ranger Dan Barvir


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Nature PalsNature Pals

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00
September 11 through October 30
New Location: Barnard Nature Center, 200 Derby Avenue

Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and outdoor activities. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine!

$48 for 8 week session ($6/week).
$7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Email naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information and to pre-register, or
check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NaturePalsFOEP


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Ranger Program Schedules

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

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park
Staff: Dan Barvir & Wray Williams, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Program Leader
Wed 9, 23&30 8am to 11am Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
Thu 10 10:30am-12noon Face your Creature Fears- Snakes Williams
  10 3:00pm-4:30pm Face your Creature Fears- Snakes Williams
Thu 17 10:30am-12noon Face your Creature Fears- Snakes Williams
  17 3:00pm-4:30pm Face your Creature Fears- Snakes Williams
Fri 18 10am to 11:30am Fall Bird Walk Barvir
Sat 19 10am to 1pm Park Clean-up with the Friends of East Rock Park
Meet at the Wildlife Demonstration Garden,
next to the Tennis courts and Hanna's Dream Playground
Barvir
Mon 21 10am to 11:30am Fall Foliage Walk Williams
Wed 23 8am to 11am Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
Thu 24 8am to 11am Myths and Monsters of Halloween Williams
Wed 30 8am to 11am Hawk Watch at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 946-6086 for directions, more information, and to register for these programs. All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.


Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Park Ranger

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Tue 1 6-8 pm Bat Walk (Barnard Nature Center) Harry & Wray
Wed 2 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 3 1-2 pm Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Fri 4 1-3 pm Lighthouse Tours* (Lighthouse Point Park)
For more information please call: (203) 691-3539
Harry & Joe
Wed 9 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  9 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of East Shore Senior Center at 411 Townsend Avenue)
Harry
Thu 10 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(With Community Action Agency at Edgewood Park’s Gazebo)
Harry
Fri 11 10-11 am Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry
  11 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 16 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  16 3:30-4:30 pm Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Fri 18 3:30-4:30 pm Tree Walk (Meet in front of Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Sat 19 10 am-2 pm West River Memorial Park Clean-up (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 21 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center at Edgewood Park’s Gazebo)
Harry
Teu 22 12:30-1:30 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of Casa Otonal at 135 Sylvan Avenue # 1)
Harry
Wed 23 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 24 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Sat 26 10 am-12 pm Halloween Mask Making Workshop* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 28 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet at the Atwater Senior Center at 26 Atwater Street)
Harry
Tue 29 3:30-4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 30 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 31 1-2 pm Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry

Pre-registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at (203) 691-3539 directions, more information, and to register for these programs. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34.

* Fee required:
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.


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Holiday Tree SoughtHoliday Tree Sought

Missing! 55 to 70 foot tall Norway Spruce or Douglas Fir tree (not a blue spruce). The staff of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees has been looking for a very special tree to be used on the New Haven Green during the winter holidays. Have you seen this tree? If so, would you like to donate the tree to the city?

The donated tree will be decorated with over 30,000 lights; be the holiday centerpiece of the historic green and will be removed from your property free of charge.

Trees between 25 and 40 feet high will be considered for future years or other locations.

To donate a tree call Christy Hass at the Parks’ Maintenance Division (203) 946-8004 or chass@newhavenct.net.
If you have a photo of the tree; please include in your e-mail.


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Monthly Photo Gallery

Annual Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park

The lighthouseAnnual migration festival
Peregrine falconRescued Vulture
Climbing the lighthouseHey climber in merges at the top
Live BluegrassLive raptor show

Flag Football

Flag footballFlag football
Flag footballFlag football

Youth Day

Youth dayYouth day
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Youth day


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