Parks, Recreation & Trees

Welcome to our Department!

The beauty of the City of New Haven is personified in its parks for residents to enjoy nature. At the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for New Haven residents by creating an atmosphere of community through people, parks and programs. We are proudly responsible for the stewardship of the Elm City’s over 2,200 acres of parks, and the tree belt. Our department offers a wide variety of programming. 


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  Water Aerobics. Classes will include Aqua Zumba, Aqua Fit, Aqua Toning,and Aqua Stretch. Thursdays and Saturdays, October 4 through June 1.

Fall Yoga at Lighthouse & Coogan Pavilion. FREE TRIAL Wednesday, September 12th at Lighthouse 6:15 – 7:00pm & Saturday, September 15th 8:15 – 9:00am at Coogan Pavilion. 6-week sessions will begin on September 19th at Lighthouse from 6:15 – 7:00pm and on September 22nd at Coogan Pavilion from 8:15 – 9:00am. The cost is $45 per person per session for each location. The second sessions will run Wednesdays 11/7 – 12/19 and Saturdays 11/3 – 12/15, with no classes the week of Thanksgiving.

pdf icon  Paddling Activities  Canoeing, Paddle Boarding & Kayaking
pdf icon  Coming Soon! The Youth Archery class introduces participants to the foundational skills of the sport.  All safety gear and equipment will be provided. 
pdf icon NHPR After School Time We are open when school is closed. Check out the great after school program.
 pdf icon Baby& Me Walking Group Come walk with us in Edgewood Park, Thursdays at 5:45pm  beginning September 13 through October 11. FREE
 pdf icon Paint Night

Sit & Paint with Kendall. Art instructor Kendall Shanklin will lead step-by-step painting lessons at Coogan Pavilion. Take home your own beautiful artwork on canvas. Classes are $15 per person per class which includes a canvas to take home. Family Nights for all ages will be on September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. Adults Nights for ages 18+ will be on September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12. (No alcohol permitted in City Parks). Register by emailing

  Line Dancing with Scheri Walker. Scheri Walker will teach dance moves for popular line dancing songs often heard at weddings and other gatherings. Those who have taken classes with Scheri in the past are invited to return to the Thursday evening classes from 6:00 – 7:00pm at Coogan Pavilion. If you’re new to line dancing, you are encouraged to begin with the Friday night class from 6:00 – 7:00pm at Coogan Pavilion. The Advanced Beginners class will have two 7-week sessions, one beginning Sept 6th and the second beginning October 25th and ending December 13th  (There will be no class Thanksgiving week). The Advanced Beginners class will be 7 weeks long and will be held on September 14, 28, October 5, 12, 26 and November 2 & 9.  Each 7-week sessions this fall is $30 per person. Classes will break for the week preceding Christmas. New sessions will be offered in January.
  Make & Create with Kendall. Art teacher Kendall Shanklin will work with children ages 8 and older to create puppets and mobiles using papier-mâché, recyclables, paint, and more! The class will meet on Saturdays from 1:00 -3:00pm in Coogan Pavilion for 4 weeks beginning September 29th.  
  Learn to Crochet. Art teacher Kendall Shanklin will teach the basics of crocheting to adults, and youth ages 12+. Crochet hooks available to borrow during class, or bring your own. Practice yarn available, or bring your own to make personalized gifts for the holiday season. Classes meet in Coogan Pavilion on Saturdays from 1 -3pm. First session will be November 3, 10 & 17 and the second session will be December 1, 8, and 15. $30 per person
  Saturday Science. For ages 8 -12 years old, instructors will lead the class through hands-on science lessons and experiments. Classes will meet at Coogan Pavilion on Saturdays from 10am – 12pm. The six-week classes are $40 per person. Session 1: September 15 – October 20. Session 2: November 3 – December 15 (No Class 11/24).
  Pottery Classes. Art instructor Kendall Shanklin will teach adults, and kids ages 8+ how to mold clay into beautiful hand-built pieces of pottery. Classes will meet Monday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm in Coogan Pavilion. The four-week sessions are $60 per person and include instruction, clay, firing of the pottery, glaze, and firing of the glazed piece (firing is the process of heating the clay at high temperatures in a kiln to dry out the clay and melt the glaze). Two sessions will be offered this fall: Session 1 – September 17, 24, & October 1, 15 and Session 2 – November 19, 26 & December 3, 10. 

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    City of New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees 
    720 Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT 06515


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Rebecca Bombero

203-946-8027 or 

720 Edgewood Avenue

New Haven, CT 06515

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