Friends of Edgewood Park Newsletter February Newsletter

February 19, 2016
Friends of Edgewood Park Newsletter
Celebrating 100+ years of Olmsted Designed Edgewood Park

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In This Issue
Looking Ahead
Parks Dept. Programs
Maple tapping and potluck
Cut down invasive plants!
Nature Pals
Rock to Rock Bike Ride
Mountain Biking for Youth
Youth Track Races
Walking, Running, Bicycling,
Youth@Work 2015
Feb 21 Tap maple trees
Feb & Mar Collect sap
Mar 6 Outdoor work day 
Mar 26 Sugar Maple        Social
Apr 2 Youth Races
Apr 9 Day of Service
Apr 30 Rock to Rock bike  ride
May Farmers' Market        returns
May Westville ArtWalk
Jun FOEP Annual Meeting
Jun Steel Band Concert

or if you prefer, write a check
payable to "URI"

(Urban Resources Initiative is our fiscal agent.)
Mail to:
Friends of Edgewood Park, 
c/o Parks Dept., 
720 Edgewood Ave., New Haven, CT 06515  
Parks Dept. Programs
Read the latest Park Newsletter. Get details on all parks programs.

Friends of Edgewood Park is an advocacy group for Edgewood Park. Our mission is to assist the New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation in preserving and enhancing Edgewood Park for the enjoyment of all. 

or call 203 500-7777, follow us on Facebook.

You are always welcome to attend our Friends of Edgewood Park board meetings. The next meeting is Tues. March 1 at 6:00 PM at the Ranger Station near Edgewood and Hobart.  
Willie Hoffman, President
Stephanie FitzGerald, Vice President
Susan Lamar, Treasurer
Mike Slattery, Secretary
Inger DaSilva
Lois Greene
Dana Holahan 
Youna Kwak
Jon Miller
Mike Pinto
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- Recruit friends and neighbors to enjoy the park.
- What events do you want in the park?  Make them become real.
- Call 203 500-7777 or email Friends of Edgewood Park 
Maple Tree Tapping This Sunday!
Join Naomi Senzer as she demonstrates how to tap maple trees. Sunday, February 21, 1 pm.  Learn how to collect sap and turn it into maple syrup. Meet near the tennis courts. (If driving, enter park on West Rock Av, near Whalley Av.)

Sugar Maple Social March 26
Join us for a community potluck supper celebrating and enjoying Edgewood Park maple syrup. Saturday, March 26, 5 pm.  At Coogan Pavilion in Edgewood Park.  (If driving enter park at Whalley Av and Fitch St.)
The Friends of Edgewood Park are sponsoring two events in conjunction with Parks Dept.
Cut down invasive plants 
on Sun afternoon, Mar 6, Noon to 3pm
Join us for a winter work session
removing invasives at the soccer field
Sat. Mar 6, Noon - 3 pm.

We will meet in the soccer field below the stairs at the Chapel St. Bridge (between Ella Grasso Blvd. and Yale Ave.). URI (Urban Resources Initiative) Chris Ozyck will guide us. We will work with snow or mud on the ground; we will not work if it is snowing or raining hard.  Call 203 500-7777. Kids who are able to help are welcome. Bring tools if you have them; otherwise we will provide them. 
An invigorating workout with friendly people that helps the environment - you can't beat that combination!
Nature Pals resumes in early spring. 
For more information, email Holly.
Get Ready for the Rock to Rock Earth Day Bike Ride -

  • Register NOW to ride with the FOEP Team in April. 
  • Raise dollars for Friends of Edgewood Park. (Funds raised will help support the July 2016 Edgewood Park Youth at Work team.)
  • There's something for everyone - rides of 8 miles to 60 miles - for children and families all the way to up to the very skilled.
  • Find all the details on the Rock to Rock website
Youth Mountain Biking
Ages 10 - 18
12 week season - March, April, May
Bikes are provided.
Practice Tuesdays 4:30 pm and Saturday 1:00 pm
West Rock Nature Center 
$299.00 includes racing license and team jersey 
Questions? Email Karen
Sholarship assistance? Email Martin.
Youth Track Races in Edgewood Park
New Haven Age Group Track Club hosts 5K in Edgewood Park, Saturday, April 2, 9 AM. See race details. 
Runners, Walkers & Bicyclists!
Do you want to join others to walk, run or ride through the park?  Do you prefer to start your own group? Are you already in a group and have room for others? Email the Friends of Edgewood Park.  We will put you in touch with one another.
Youth at Work, Summer 2015
Jaydah, Tahagany, Malaysia, Travon 
To see more pictures, click here.
The Youth@Work team made significant improvements at Edgewood Park this summer:
  • Removed invasive Japanese knotweed from the Blue Trail to make it safer and more walkable.
  • Leveled the West Park Ave.Trail so Wes and Jeremy (Parks Dept.) could lay down asphalt millings. 
  • Created a wood chip berm along the top of the West Park Ave. trail to slow erosion.
  • Planted six trees (three willows at the Mid Bridge, two red oaks at the playground, and one sugar maple near the Ranger Station).
  • Painted benches at the Sundial Sprinkler and at Pendleton and Edgewood.
  • Trimmed dead branches off fruit trees
  • Made original signs to discourage littering, and
  • Picked up trash.
  • Most significantly, learned to work as a team. They endured very hot and humid working conditions, and faced their fears of spiders and bees.
Many thanks to Gwendolyn Busch from the Youth at Work office, and to Wes Downiing, Jeremy, and Dave Moser (Parks/City Plan) for helping to make the improvements to the West Park Ave.Trail a reality! A special thanks to Timothy Brown, Edgewood's Youth at Work coordinator. And finally, a thank you to all the Friends of Edgewood Park who contributed funds to help pay Timothy's salary, especially the Tom Holahan Fund.
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