Parks, Recreation & Trees

Welcome to our Department!

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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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Kids Arts & Crafts Club: Staff will provide guidelines for kids to complete a particular art project, while kids incorporate their own ideas and inspirations into their masterpieces. At the end of the program we will host a show for family where the children can showcase their creations.
  Flag Football Flag Football: This introductory flag football clinic teaches children basic plays and motor skills needed to excel in football. Each week children will participate in a variety of drills and games directed to their age and skill level.   

 Self-Defense Classes

Self-Defense Classes: Learn different self defense techniques in a friendly, professional environment. A program that teaches a system of techniques based on Scientific facts, practical application, and “real-world” experience. Don’t be a victim… learn to protect yourself today!
 Martial Arts Program Martial Arts Program: An introductory martial arts program for children ages 7-15. Kids will learn the fundamentals of karate, such as strikes, blocks, and kicks. Students will also benefit from stretching and exercise. No prior experience is needed.

Paint Night Paint Night: Sit & Paint with Kendall. Art instructor Kendall Shanklin will lead step-by-step painting lessons at Coogan Pavilion & Salperto Rink. Take home your own beautiful artwork on canvas. Classes are $15 per person per class which includes a canvas to take home. Register by emailing or calling 203-946-8027. 
Pottery Pottery: Hand-building pottery classes. Class will be held in Coogan Pavilion in Edgewood Park - Whalley Ave & Fitch St.  and in Salperto Rink in East Shore Park. $60 for 4 classes - includes instruction, materials and firing of hand-built and glazed pieces. Ages 8 and up or with guardian.
Saturday Science
Saturday Science: Saturday Science class is for ages 7-11. The class is held at the Ranger Station in Edgewood Park. Each week our Staff Scientists will lead experiments that include chemistry, physics and biology. Some experiments will have an art component and may include take-home projects.
 Soccer Clinic Soccer Clinic: This clinic will introduce the game of soccer to kids and will also help improve players that are more familiar with the game. Players will learn and improve their shooting, controlling, and passing skills. Players will participate in intramural games. 
 Tiny Tots Soccer Tiny Tots Soccer: This program is a great way for parents and children to experience soccer and spend quality time together. The program is about building a positive parent and child interactions in a safe, fun, and structured environment. Our coaches will run fun and age appropriate drills and activities that both children and parents will participate in. Parent participation is mandatory.                   
 Yoga Class Yoga Class: Emphasis will be placed on core strength, flexibility and balance, as well as concentration and breath control. This class is based on physical postures (asanas), deep breathing, mindfulness and listening to the body. No yoga experience necessary, simply bring a willingness to move and play. Yoga mats and blocks will be provided

 Line Dancing

Line Dancing: Scheri Walker will teach dance moves for popular line dancing songs often heard at weddings and other gatherings.

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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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