New Haven Parks Newsletter
June Newsletter June 2010, Volume 1, Number 4

Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Parks Articles and Activities

Summer Camp Brochures are in!!
Click here to Register for Summer Camp and Programs

Get the Summer Camp 2010 BrochureCamps run for three two-week sessions unless otherwise noted.

Session One: June 28 - 9
  (No camp July 5)
Session Two: July 12 - 23
Session Three: July 26 -
  August 6

Breakfast and lunch are provided unless otherwise noted.
Extended day (before and after-camp care) is available where indicated.
City camps offer swimming, arts and crafts, special activities, trips, and sports.

Nature Pals - A camp for young nature lovers, with games, hiking, field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, and nature study.
Eco Adventure Camp - Eco Adventure offers a unique, challenging and fun combination of outdoor adventure and environmental education tailored to young teenagers. Activities may include canoeing & kayaking, nature interpretation, hiking, rock climbing & ropes course, mountain biking, scuba diving, and fishing.
Junior Adventure Camp - A traditional outdoor camp for children entering grades 3 through 7.
Swinging Stars Theater Camp - Lights! Camera! Action! Be a star at New Haven’s drama camp at Hill Regional Career High School. Camp culminates with production of a play, and performances
College Coaches Girls Basketball Camp - High intensity, skill-development camp will to push limits in basketball skills and techniques from some of the brightest college basketball coaches. Develop skills such as footwork, shooting off the dribble, shooting off the pass, free throw shooting, and post/perimeter shooting. This skill intensive day camp will be held in the New Haven Athletic Fieldhouse
Midnight Basketball Association League - NCAA sanctioned leagues, one for college women and one for high school girls teams, play throughout the summer at Ralph Walker Rink
Hershey Track & Field Program - Aspiring track and field stars can hone their skills every week-day evening this summer at Bowen Field.

Info Links to Parks Website:

Sports & Recreation:
Swimming, Adult Aerobics, Soccer, Golf
Ranger Programs
East Rock - Wildflower Walk, Bird Walks, Trail Work
Edgewood - Spring and Senior Walks, Nature Pals, CT Trail Days Hike, Pond Life Exporation, Family Fun Day
Lighthouse Point - Climb the Lighthouse, Sea Creatures Touch Tanks
West Rock - Forestival, Longest Day Hike, Rock Climbing, Sand Art
Outdoor Adventure - Kayaking Clinic, Canoe New Haven, Stiper/Bluefish Trip, Full Moon Kayaking

Flyers & Registration Forms
What's New Downloads Page

Soldiers & Sailors

Special Events
- July 11 Special evening - Top East Rock with Ferris Wheel (Rides $2)
- June 12 – Orange Street Festival - All Day
- June 13 – S&S Monument tours, Ferris Wheel, All Day
- June 19 – Open House: Pardee Rose Garden and Greenhouse - 12-5pm
- July 4 - Red, Whites, and Blues Band - Admission $10


Bluefish and Striped Bass Fishing Trip

StriperThursday -June 17, 2010 - 7am to 4:30pm

Join the New Haven Park, Recreation and Tree Dept.’s staff on an exciting 6-hour saltwater fishing trip for Bluefish and Striped Bass. We will board the Hellcat party fishing boat out of Groton, CT. and fish the Race area of Long Island Sound.

Your $75.00 trip fee will include: Van transportation to the boat, Rod rental, bait, one setup of terminal and general instruction.

Registration is required and limited to 7 participants. To reserve your spot please call us at 946-6086, Line #2

Trail WorkNational Trail Day Project with the Friends of East Rock Park, Sat. June 5th, 12 noon to 3pm. Meet at the summit of East Rock

Join area volunteers to help clear the scenic Summit Trail, which provides a spectacular view of New Haven, Hamden and Long Island Sound. Volunteers will work with Ranger Dan Barvir and David Shimchick of the Friends of East Rock Park to clear the overgrown trail so it can be enjoyed this summer.

Please bring work gloves and brush loppers if you have them. Meet at the Summit’s Monument parking area. Pre-registration is recommended Questions and to register : Contact David Shimchick, (203) 691-6614 or Ranger Dan at (203)946-6086,Line #2

Contact Ranger Dan Barvir, East Rock Park Ranger, for more information call (203) 946-6086 or email

West Rock Nature CenterForestival - A Celebration of the West Rock Nature Center

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: West Rock Nature Center

Come join the New Haven Park Rangers for a Celebration of the West Rock Nature Center as part of National Trails Day. Enjoy Bird Walks, Hikes, Arts & Crafts, Reptiles & Amphibians, Archery, Stream Exploration and more.

Contact Ranger Joe Milone , Wast Rock Park Ranger, for more information call (203) 946-8016 or email Event is Free to the Public.


June is Rose Month! Our magnificent Pardee Rose Garden, containing hundreds of varieties of roses, will be coming into full bloom for everyone to enjoy this month. Come join us to enjoy the beautiful flowers at 180 Park Road in Hamden. Stop by and smell the roses.

RosesThere will be an Official Tour of the Pardee Rose Garden, June 12th at 10:00 am. The tour is part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

Horticulturalist Matthew Naab will lead the tour. After the tour, Matthew will discuss the history of the greenhouses, including the recent beautiful restoration of the historic greenhouse and meeting center, and there will be a dedication ceremony for the new greenhouses.

June 2nd the Pardee Planting Group will learn how to properly plant roses. Under the expert training of Matthew Naab, resident horticulturalist at the rose garden, these volunteers will learn about planting techniques and care of roses.

Remember, that New Haven is Passionate for Perennials. If you are dividing your perennials and would like to donate some of them so that they can be planted throughout the City of New Haven by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees volunteers, please call Doreen Larson-Oboyski 203-946-2203 or

Doreen & Matt
Doreen Oboyski and Matthew Naab at the Pardee Greenhouse

New Haven’s Community Gardeners are busy cleaning and planting their vegetable and butterfly gardens this spring. There are 48 gardens all over the city. Please check the New Haven Land Trust web site (www.newhavenlandtrust) to see the locations of the gardens

Also take a look at the beautiful Butterfly Garden at Lighthouse Point Park. The Connecticut Butterfly Association has done a wonderful job creating this garden. Many of the plants that are in the garden were grown in our greenhouse. Check out their web site -

First Tee Program is underway at Ailling Memorial Golf Course

First Tee Program

Is your son or daughter interested in golf? Come and register them for the first ever New Haven Parks & Recreation Golf Squad. As a member of the Golf Squad. your child will:

  • Learn the game of golf including the skills, rules and etiquette of the game by golf professionals from The First Tee of Connecticut (TFTCT).
  • Receive a FREE, BRAND NEW set of golf clubs to keep (if your child has attended more than 75% of the lessons during this six-month program) at the end of the season.
  • Receive a TFTCT golf shirt and hat.

TFTCT will provide all Golf Squad members with equipment to use during the lessons, although if a child has golf clubs he/she is welcome to bring them. There will be no Golf Squad meetings on holidays or school vacation weeks. TFTCT Golf Squad members must attend a minimum of 50% of the lessons by the end July or they may be removed without refund.

We can only take at maximum of 12 New Haven Parks & Recreation members ages 7-15 who have a desire to learn how to play the game. Prior golf experience is NOT necessary - but a commitment to the program is! If you don’t feel that you can commit to attending at least 75% of the lessons during the year, please do not register your child this year for this program.

Program Information

Who: Boys & Girls Ages 7-15
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm or 5:30- 6:30 pm
Dates: April 27 - October 26 [6 months)
Location: Alling Golf Course
Cost: $25

TFTCT Golf Squad Application - For more information and to apply to the program, please contact Felicia Shashinka at

Ranger Terry McCoolProgram gives kids a close-up look?

NEW HAVEN — Looking at a starfish while hearing how it digests clams with its stomach pushed outside of its body, well, it doesn’t get much better than that for second- and third-graders.

Students from the city’s Talented and Gifted Program were enthralled on several recent days by that knowledge nugget as well as other sea creature samples from Long Island Sound when they visited the ranger station at Lighthouse Point Park.

Read more about Ranger Terry McCool's sea creature Touch Tank program at Lighthouse Point Park Ranger Station in his recent New Haven Register article.

Kite Flying Day was a success!

Thank you to Joseph Perron for performing his 3 kite act and to Ron from Kitt Kites for making it a wonderful experience at Lighthouse Point Park.

Kite Flying Day  Kite Flying Day
Kite Flying Day

After School Flag Football Concluded this month!

Flag Football
King/Robinson School Flag Football Team: Coached by Glen Middleton
Flag Football
Troup Flag Football Team: Coached by Vincent “Blue” McCray and Jeremy Cooper
Flag Football
Troup Flag Football Team: Coached by Vincent “Blue” McCray and Jeremy Cooper

MBA Midnight basketball tryouts

MBA Midnight basketball tryouts for boys and girls will be held on May 25, 26 27 at the New Haven Athletic Center between the hours of 6:00pm - 8:00pm. You must bring a COPY of your birth certificate. Entrance to field house is in the rear of the building. This summer league is free to all.

Contact Al Lucas for more information by calling 203-946-8371

Summer Community Recreation Coming soon
July 6th – August 6th - 4-8 PM

Sports, Dance, Aerobics, Arts and Craft, Swimming coming to a school near you! Ages 13-21 All are welcome!!

SCR sites will be: Truman, Career, Hillhouse, Martinez, King/Robinson, Troup, Wexler, Ross/Woodward, Nathan Hale, Micro Society on Valley St., and Clinton Ave.

For more information, please contact Felicia Shashinka at

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