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August Newsletter 2014, Volume 5, Number 8
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp Brochures are Here!

Camps Programs Include:
• Basketball Leagues
• Splashpads & Summer Pool Schedule
• Tennis
• Community Recreation
• Theater Camp
• Music & Video Camp
• Canoeing & Kayaking Camp
• Mountain Biking Camp
• Eco Adventure Camps
• Here Comes The Bus!

ParksClick here to download the flyer from the Parks website.

Basketball Leagues & Track Practice
Hershey Track & Field Program
June 20 - August 8, Evenings 5pm - 8pm.
Children & youth ages 6-18 years old
Aspiring track and field stars can hone their skills every weekday evening this summer at Wilbur Cross. Please use Camp Registration and Mandatory Health Forms to register.
For more information, call William Thompson at (203 ) 645-5243 or (203) 397-1097
Midnight Basketball Association League
June 20 - August 9, Fridays & Saturdays.
Boys and girls ages 10-14 years old
In its 14th season, Midnight Basketball Association League games run from June 20th through August 9th at the Ralph Walker Rink, 1080 State Street. Staff and coaches are current or former basketball players and community members dedicated to providing a positive experience for the players.
For more information, call Bill Dixon at (203) 946-8338 or email: wdixon@newhavenct.gov

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New Haven Youth Map

The place to search for youth programs in New Haven.
Search hundreds of after-school, weekend and summer activities that help children and family learn, grow, and thrive.
Visit: www.newhavenyouthmap.org

BasketallBasketball League Schedules

Schedules for High School Women's League, College Women's League, and more
are available to download from the Parks website downloads page: Get the scedules here!

Playoffs: August 7 and 8

Open Swim

John Martinez
Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm

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New Haven Volleyball

Indoor Summer Season

Nathan Hale School, 480 Townsend Ave, New Haven

Men's Teams - Women's Teams - Co-Ed Teams - Juniors Teams
All Levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
$5 Per Player Covers Summer Season

Register at: newHavenvolleyball.teamapp.com
For more info: call Ozzie 203-314-8056

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New Haven Music In The Park

Neighborhood Concert Series
Thursdays July 31- August 21
Performances 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Bring a blanket, family and friends and enjoy an evening of good music in one of New Haven's Neighborhood Parks.

Organic Soul 7.31
Old and New School, R&B, Funk
Goffe Street Park | 265 Goffe Street
Kings Of Harmony 8.7
New Orleans Style Brass Band
Roberto Clemente Field | 360 Columbus Avenue
Prester John 8.14
Folk Pop
Fairmont Park | 81 Clifton Street
Ricky Draughn 8.21
Old and New School, R&B
Scantlebury Park | 182 Ashmun Street

For More Information Call: 203-946-7172. Download the flyer from the Parks website.

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Pardee Greenhouse - Hanging Plants

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is proud to offer a beautiful variety of hanging flower baskets for any occasion at a cost of $20 per basket. Additionally, spring flowers, flats and tropical plants are available for purchase. Please visit the Pardee Greenhouse at 180 Park Road in Hamden weekdays between 8:00am and 3:00pm and select your favorite plants. Payment forms accepted: Checks or Cash.

Pardee Greenhouse
Restored Antique Greenhouse, across from the magnificent Pardee Rose Garden

For more information visit: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/gardens/pardee.asp

Perennial Plant Donation Program

In support of Mayor Harp's City Beautification program, Parks is accepting perennial plant donations from individuals who may split their perennial plants at this time of the year. We accept the donations at the Pardee Rose Garden. The Parks Department will pot the plants and donate them to neighborhoods for beautification.

To donate, please drop your plants off at the Pardee Rose Garden at 180 Park Road in Hamden.
For information, call 203-946-8002. Note: In cases of large donations, plant pickup can be arranged by calling the same number. Thanks.

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Summer Youth at Work in East Rock Park

If you have visited East Rock Park this summer you may have noticed a number of improvements at various locations.

Summer Youth at work - East Rock Park Summer Youth at work - East Rock Park
Built Bat and Bluebird/Swallow house Gardening and landscaping in College Woods

Thanks to the Friends of East Rock Park, the Tom Holahan Fund, a generous donation from Park Friend, Roger Ibbotson and the City’s Youth at Work Program, we were able to employ five young people ages 14 to 19. Under the supervision of Team leader, David Dshimchick, these youths learned about the local environment, park stewardship and a broader sense of community.

Major site improvements and projects included:
- Gardening and landscaping in College Woods, at Colonial Springs and at East Shore Parks
- Urban Oasis Garden
- Tree planting in East Rock and Edgewood Park with URI
- Made and installed Bat and Bluebird/Swallow house in the Park
- Painted 4 trash barrels with art work and environmental messages

Summer Youth at work - East Rock Park Summer Youth at work - East Rock Park
Tree planting in East Rock and Edgewood Park with URI Painted Trash barrels with art and environmental messages

Not everything was work; our summer youth enjoyed a visit to the British Art Museum, went canoeing on the Mill River and kayaking on Long Island Sound, enjoyed educational lectures on Park design and history and Nature programs from Park Ranger Dan Barvir.

New Haven Parks, Recreation and Tree Department, would like to thank and recognize the following young people for all their hard work this summer: Andrew Moore, Roger Yopp, Damian Irizarry, Omar Rosario Diaz and Alissa Alton did a great job and should be proud of their accomplishments. Special thanks goes out to all the Friends of East Rock Park and New Haven Park staff who assisted this summer effort, esp. Aisha Woods, David Budries, Gary Dickinson, Assistant Superintendent of Parks, Martin Torresquintero, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator and David Moser, Landscape Architect.

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Nature Notes - Hawk Watching at Lighthouse Point Park

Most people maybe unaware that LHPP offers some of the best hawk and songbird observation opportunities in the entire Northeast during autumn season. Annually hawks, falcons, eagles, songbirds as well as some species of butterflies and dragonflies move through this park on their journey south.

For over 28 years, trained volunteers have kept binoculars to the sky in order to record this passage of birds for scientific research. This past year, over 10,840 Birds of Prey were counted from the mid-field observation area in the park. Count period runs from September 1st to November 30th and hawk watch volunteers can be found there daily, except for rainy days.

Skywalker showing hawk - Credit: Martin Torresquintero

A new addition to this migratory hotspot is the establishment of a small coastal grassland habitat, located across the street from the butterfly garden. Along with the bird feeding station, this small urban oasis has attracted a number of new species to Lighthouse Point Park.

Located close by, at East Shore Park, the New Haven Parks Department has created a new wildlife demonstration garden. Funding was received from Audubon CT and the Disney Corporation for the purpose of encouraging the public to plant more wildlife friendly vegetation in their backyards. Along with the garden, 27 bird friendly food source trees were added through out the park to replace trees lost during last year’s storms.

Each of these improvements were designed to provide food and cover, utilizing native plant species, for wildlife and migrating birds. We, at New Haven Parks and Recreation, encourage taking some time to visit Lighthouse and East Shore Parks this fall to observe, for yourself, this seasonal miracle of migration.

If you interested in finding about more about the Fall Migration, join us at Lighthouse Point Park on Sept 21, 2014 for our Annual Migration Festival. Download the flyer for more information and schedule details.

I encourage you to get out and explore our great parks, here in New Haven and KEEP LOOKING UP.

Submitted by Dan Barvir, East Rock Park Ranger

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Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival

Raptors at the Migration FestivalSunday, September 21, 2014 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

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!
  • Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
  • Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
  • Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
  • Live Bluegrass Music!
  • Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
  • Bird walks and more!

For more information contact: Dan Barvir, East Rock Park Ranger
email: dbarvir@newhavenct.gov or call 946-6086

PDFDownload the schedule of events from the What's New page

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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
Tue 12 6 pm to 8 pm Bat Walk and Talk Williams
Wed 13 10 to 11:30 am Summer Bird Walk at East Rock Park Barvir
Thu 14 10 to 11:30 am Bird Walk and Tour of East Shore’s Urban Oasis
Meet at the Tennis Courts on Woodward Ave
Wed 20 10 am to 1 pm Hike to East Rock’s Summit - for ages 10yrs and up Barvir
  20 6 pm to 8 pm Bat Walk and Talk Williams
Sat 23 8 to 9:30 am Bird Walk at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
  23 9:30 am to 12 noon Park Clean up for the Migration Festival
w/ New Haven Bird Club and Friends of Lighthouse Point Park
Thu 28 6 pm to 8 pm Bat Walk and Talk Williams

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 and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School. The main entrance is adjacent to the picnic pavilion in College Woods.

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

Day Date Time Program Ranger
      Summer Camp Staff

Pre-registration for programs is Mandatory by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at: (203) 691-3539 or hcoyle@newhavenct.gov for directions, more information, and to pre-register for these programs. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven/Non New Haven Residents except as noted. 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. **(New Haven Residents-$5.00 Non New Haven Residents-$10.00)
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.

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Monthly Photo Gallery

Images from Summer Camp at Lighthouse Point Park

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