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West Haven Park & Recreation

Program Directory

Fall / Winter 2002 - 2003



The Spirit of West Haven

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to send warm greetings to everyone in the great City of West Haven.

By working together, having fun and serving the people of West Haven, the Dept. of Recreation remains steadfast in its commitment to meeting the demands of a diverse community.

Many new programs and services await you in the Fall / Winter 2002 - 2003 Program Directory, giving people like you an opportunity to be a part of all these changes. Using this resource as a foundation for your recreational endeavors, there is no limit to what you can do.

As the United States confronts the challenges of a new era, I also hope that you will take a strong and active role in serving our community and our nation. By always setting high goals and leading lives of integrity, you can reach your full potential and help ensure a bright future for America.

Very truly yours,

H. Richard Borer, Jr.
Mayor



Dear Residents,

I am proud to unveil our Fall / Winter 2002 / 2003 Program Directory, your exciting guide to recreational activities, excursions, and family shows in West Haven. We continue to bring new and exciting things to our core group of activities and events.

If you don't find a particular program that you are interested in, let us know. We'll try to add it if we can. In the meantime, stroll along a nature trail, attend a special event or enroll in a program. Everything you and your family needs for a special fall - winter experience is right here in West Haven. The benefits of recreation are endless.

You'll notice a change in personnel. Our Pool / Waterfront Supervisor, Mark Bisaccia has moved on to a new position within the City. The Recreation Dept. will surely miss him. We will have to restructure to continue to bring you the very best quality programs that we can.

Enjoy the programs and best wishes for a prosperous year. Look for our new website, www.whparkrec.com, which is currently under construction.

Recreationally yours,

William P. Slater
Director


Mission Statement

 Our mission strives to enhance the life experience of our residents through providing leisure opportunities and helping develop lifetime skills and interests.



Departmental Policy

The Tall Oaks Recreation Office at Pointer Park, 190 Kelsey Ave., is open Monday / Friday except for city holidays, from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Mail in registration forms are accepted for some adult programs; check with our staff about those programs.

Anyone with a disability who may require reasonable modification or assistance to participate in our programs should call our office.

Deportment officials reserve the right to cancel any program because of insufficient enrollment and reserve the right to adjust program fees, times, and locations. Furthermore, officials are not responsible for typographical errors.

For program cancellations, listen to WELI or call Infoline at 937.3677. For more information, call the recreation office at 937.3651 or visit us at Painter Park.


PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION

David Coyle Chairman
Peter Merola
Vincent Falcone
Arthur Orio
Steven DeCreszenza
 

RECREATION STAFF

William P. Slater Director
Mark E. Paine Jr. Aquatics Coordinator
Diane Dietman Recreation Coordinator
Thomas Conroy Recreation Coordinator
                   Leagues Coordinator
Terry Dixon Secretary
Rosa Richardson Program Account Clerk
 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Tall Oaks Recreation Office 937.3651
Recreation Infoline & Fax No. 937.3677
Bennett Rink   931.6890
WH Community House  934.5221
Shore Haven Jr. Baseball  Joe Morrell 934.9615
Little League Field House 937.5119
Youth Soccer  John Vinci 934.9293
Pop Warner Football  Jim O'Brien 933.5436
Youth Hockey  Jim Cavallaro 932.5544
Fundamental B-ball   Rob Bohen 937.9965
Youth Basketball Don Dest  931.7387
Girls' Basketball Don Wasowski 932.2404
 

RECREATION VENUE

Tall Oaks Recreation Office     190 Kelsey Ave.
WHHS Bennett Rink                    Circle Street
WHHS Pool                            Educational Way
Carrigan Middle School Pool       Tetlow Street



ID CARD SYSTEM - SAVE 25%

Buy our $15 identification card and save! Each card entitles you to 20 open-play basketball or public swim sessions with no expiration date. To purchase cards, visit us Mon - Fri from 9 am. to 5 p.m. at the Tall Oaks Recreation Office in Painter Park.



PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

PLAY GROUPS
Our play groups offer an exciting variety of energy burning exercises; encourage fine and gross motor development; promote socialization, listening & sharing skills. Each class is limited to 10 youngsters and meets at the recreation office.

Program Schedule: Tues/Thur
    Preschool Movement:
    Ages 3 - 5   9:15 - 10:00 am.

    Mommy/Daddy & Me:
    Ages 12 - 23 Months 10:15 - 11:00 am.

    Two-Timers:
    Ages 24 - 35 Months 11:15 am. - Noon

SESSION 1: Oct. 15 - Dec. 12;  Reg. opens Sept. 10th.
SESSION 2: Mar. 11 - May 8, 2003; Reg. opens Feb. 11th.
FEE: $40 for residents / $50 for nonresidents.



MID-MORNING MANIA (PRESCHOOLERS)
Our program offers preschoolers the chance to skate at Bennett Rink with parents and peers. We encourage parents or guardians to supervise their children on the ice with or without skates. We provide venue supervision. Lesson meets Mon/Tue/Thru/Fri mornings.

SESSION 1: Dates to be announced
FEE: $40 for resident / $50 for non-residents.
 

START SMART (AGES 3-5)
Our parent- child program trains parents to facilitate the proper development of their child's basic motor skills - throwing, kicking, catching - which most sports and lifetime skills are based on. In our eight-week session, you'll build confidence and self-esteem together as you both develop new skills in a positive learning environment. Program is limited to 6 parent/child teams and meets on Tues. form 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington School gym.

SESSION: Jan. 7 - March 4, 2003; Reg. opens December 3.
FEE: $40 for residents.


YOUTH PROGRAMS

AFTER - SCHOOL RECREATION PROGRAMS
Savin Rock Community, Seth Haley & Washington schools are hosting programs one day a week per grade. Supervised by our counselors, children engage in a variety of active games from dismissal to 5 p.m. Each program is limited to 30 participants.

SESSION: Nov. 12, 2002 - March 6, 2003; Reg. opens Oct. 15.
FEE: $25
 

HOLIDAY FUN DAYS (AGES 5 - 10)
Children enjoy an exciting afternoon creating a craft project around a holiday theme. Each class is limited to 10 youngsters. The following fun days meet Wed. from 4 ? 5:15 p.m. at the recreation office:

Goblins, Ghosts & Goodies:     Oct. 23
Fall Festivities:                     Nov. 20
Christmas Creations:              Dec. 18
Winter Wonders:                  Jan. 15, 2003
Be My Valentine:                   Feb. 12, 2003
Spring Fling:                        March 12, 2003
Registration is open. Sign up for one, sign up for them all.
FEE: $5 for residents per class.
 

BABY-SITTING COURSE (AGES 12 & UP)
Our four week course teaches you about the responsibilities of a baby-sitter, including basic first-aid/CPR, games & safety issues! Class meets Tuesday from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the recreation office.

SESSION: Nov. 5 - 26. Registration opens Oct. 1
FEE: $25 for residents.
 

SKATING LESSONS (AGES 4 & OLDER)
In just eight weeks you'll become a better ice skater through our easy 40 minute session that combines a lesson and practice with our instructor. All Basic 1 - 2 and Power, any ages, must wear helmets; single - blade skates are also required. Lessons meet Mon. from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Bennett Rink.

SESSION 1: Oct. 7 ? Dec. 2; Reg. opens Sept. 17 for residents and Oct. I for nonresidents. (No class Nov. 25)
SESSION 2: Dec. 9 ? Feb. 10, 2003; Reg. opens Nov. 19 for residents Dec. 3 for nonresidents. (No class Dec. 23, 30)
SESSION 3: Feb. 17 ? April 21, 2003; Reg. opens Feb. 4 for residents and Feb. 11, 2003 for nonresidents.
FEE: $55 for residents / $75 for nonresidents.
 

AFTER - SCHOOL ALPINE SKIING CLUB
Series of ski trips to the local mountains for Middle and High School students. Look for our fliers in December for program dates and prices.
 
 



ADULT PROGRAMS

AEROBICS
Get ready for a great calorie burner and body toner! Our program is designed for high and low impact participants. Class meets Mon/Wed from 6:00 ? 7:15 p.m. in the Thompson School gym.

SESSION: Jan. 13 - Mar. 19,2003; Registration opens Dec. 10.
FEE: $55 for residents / $65 for nonresidents.
 

CARDIO - SCULPTING
For a total fitness workout, combine aerobics and muscle toning for a three or four day fitness benefit. Participants may choose a 2 day aerobic; I day muscle tone; 2 day muscle tone; I day aerobic; or 2 days of each aerobics and muscle tone program. Classes meet 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Registration opens Dec. 10.
SESSION: Jan 13 - Mar. 20, 2003.
FEE: 3 day class: $80 for residents & $90 for non-residents.
        4 day class: $100 for residents & $110 for non-residents.
 

MUSCLE TONING & BODY SCULPTING
Our class helps shape your waist, thighs, hips & buttocks a fun way to get fit & firm. Session I class meets Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur from 6 - 7:15 p.m. in the Mackrille School all-purpose room. Session 2 class meets Tue/Thur from 6 - 7:15 pm in the Mackrille School all-purpose room.

SESSION 1: Sept. 17 or 18 - Dec. 11 or 13; Registration is open.
SESSION 2: Jan. 14 - Mar. 20, 2003; Registration opens Dec. 10.
FEE:   Session 1:  2 day class: $65 for residents / $75 for non-residents.
        3 day class: $85 for residents / $95 for non-residents.
        4 day class: $105 for residents / $115 for nonresidents.
SESSION 2: $55 for residents / $65 for non-residents.
 

TAI CHI
Exercises will promote balance, mental clarity, and strength to perform daily routines. Special care is taken to protect and strengthen the back & knees. No floor work - all exercises are conducted utilizing standing posture. Our class meets Wed. from 7:15-8:15 p.m.

SESSION 1: Oct. 2 - Nov. 20 at Thompson School Gymnasium.  Registration is open.
SESSION 2: Jan. 22 ?Mar. 19, 2003 at Mackrille School all-purpose room. Reg. opens Dec. 10.
FEE: $45 for residents / $55 for non-residents.
 

HATHA YOGA
Instructors Bruce & Carolyn Walker will teach the participant to promote deep stretching and physical relaxation techniques. Class emphasis will include exercises that strengthen the body & help the mind focus. The participant will individually determine & control the intensity of their exercise experience. Class meets Wed. from 6 - 7 p.m.

SESSION 1: Oct. 2 - Nov. 20 at Thompson School gymnasium. Registration is open.
SESSION 2: Jan. 22 - Mar. 19, 2003 at Mackrille School all-purpose room.
Registration opens Dec. 10.
FEE: $45 for residents / $55 for non-residents.
 

DOG OBEDIENCE
If you want to be your dog's master, our obedience class is a must! Instructed by a certified canine behaviorist, our six-week program is open to dogs six months old & older. Dogs must have training-choke collars with six-foot leashes, up-to-date vaccinations and cannot bite. Class is limited to eight dogs and meets Sat. mornings from 10 - 11 am. at Painter Park lower field.

SESSION: Sept. 21 - Oct. 26; Registration is open.
FEE: $55 for residents / $65 for nonresidents.
 

GOLF BASICS
Our four-week program is designed for both the novice and experienced golfer who needs work on swing mechanics. The fundamentals - practicing for improvement, strategy & rules of the game - are covered by card holding PGA instructors from the New England School of Golf Class is limited to 12 golfers.

SESSION 1: (Molloy School) Oct. 5 - Oct. 26 from 10 - 11:15 a.m. Registration is open.
SESSION 2: (Seth Haley School) March 6 - March 27, from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration opens Feb. 5, 2003.
FEE: $50 for juniors, $60 for residents & $70 for nonresidents.
 

MEN'S OPEN GYM BASKETBALL
Carrigan Middle School gym: Mon/Wed, Oct. 21 - Mar. 24, 2003, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
West Haven High Girl's gym: Tue/Thu, Oct. 22 - March 27, from 7 - 9 p.m.
West Haven High Girl's gym: (30 & Older) Mon., Oct. 21 - Mar. 31, 7 - 9 p.m.

FEE: $1 nightly for Residents; proof of residency required.
 

ADULT VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES (W.H.H.S.GYM)
Co-ed Volleyball: Our fun league kicks off Oct. 21 and meets Mondays and Thursdays from
    6:30 - 10 p.m. Two matches per night; teams are preferred.
Women's Volleyball League: Our competitive league kicks off Oct. 23 and meets Wed. from
    6:30 - 10 p.m.


AQUATIC PROGRAMS

YOUTH AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

FALL/WINTER SWIM TEAM (WHHS POOL)
The swim team kicks off Sept. 23rd and competes to about mid March 2003. Practice sessions are 5:15 - 6:15, 6:00 - 7:00 or 6:45 – 8:00. The head coaches are Bob and Maria Pimer and the 8 & younger coach is Judy Torello. Assistant coaches are Sean McCauley and Emily Brower. Registration is open.

Fee: $165.00 residents/ $200.00 non-residents. $100 HS Girls, $90 HS Boys
 

SWIM LESSONS SATURDAY MORNINGS (WHHS POOL)
Our 25 or 40 minute lessons run between 9 and 11 a.m. A birth certificate and proof of residency are required at registration. Classes are available to infants, toddlers and youngsters. Registration is open.
SESSION: Sept. 28 - Oct. 26.
Fee: $35 for Parent/Tot-Level 3 & $45 for levels 4 - 7.
 
 



FAMILY AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

POOL RESERVATIONS (WHHS POOL)
Reserve time at the high school pool for your next birthday party. Time is available for residents only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Fee: $100.00 for 2 hr. party (covers 2 lifeguards and 30 swimmers, both children and adults).
 

PUBLIC SWIM (WHHS POOL)
Our public swim is limited to 20 swimmers per lifeguard and meets Mon./ Wed/Fri, Sept. 18 - Nov. 15, from 8:00 - 8:45 p.m. Adult only swim meets from 8:45 - 9:30 p.m. same days and dates. Proof of residency is required. No swim: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 14, 18, 25, Nov. 11, Dec. 23, 25, 27 and Jan. 1.
Fee: $1 nightly for residents only.
 

PUBLIC SWIM (CARRIGAN POOL)
Our public swim is limited to 20 swimmers per lifeguard and meets rue/ Thurs. Sept. 17 - Nov. 14, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Adult only swim meets from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. same days and dates. Proof of residency is required. No swim: Nov. 5,28, Dec. 24 26, 3 1.
Fee: $1 nightly for residents only.


ADULT AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

WATER AEROBICS EVENINGS (WHHS POOL)
Our classes meet Tue/Thur, from 8 - ?8:45 p.m. Registration is open.
SESSION 1: Sept. 10 - Dec. 19.
SESSION 2: Jan 14 - March 27.
Fee: Session 1  $70 for residents & $85 for non-residents.
        Session 2  $60 for residents & $75 for non-residents.
 

WATER AEROBICS MORNINGS (WHHS POOL)
Our classes meet Mon/Wed, from 10:30 - 11:15 am. Registration is open.
SESSION 1: Sept. 10 - Dec. 19.
Fee: $70 for residents, $60 for seniors & $85 for non-residents.
 

ADULT SWIM LESSONS EVENINGS (WHHS POOL)
Our classes meet Tue/Thur, from 8 - 8:45 p.m. Registration is open.
SESSION: Sept. 10 - Nov. 7.
Fee: $50 for residents & $60 for non-residents.
 

SUNRISE SWIM
Our classes meet Mon - Fri from 6:15 - 7:00 a.m.
SESSION 1: Sept. 9 - Dec. 20
SESSION 2: Jan. 6 - March 28.
Fee: Session 1  $60 res. $80 non- residents. $50 seniors.
        Session 2  $35 res. $45 non- residents. $30 seniors.
 

AFTERNOON SWIM
Our classes meet Mon - Fri from 1 - 2 p.m.
SESSION: Sept. 16 - Dec. 20.
Fee: $60 res. / $80 non? residents. / $50 seniors.
 

LIFEGUARD TRAINING
Our lifeguard course includes all the minimum CPR First Aid and Lifeguard Training skills for swimmers to qualify for lifeguard positions. Course meets Tues. and Thurs. Jan. 7th - March 13, 2003 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Reg. opens Dec. 11th.
Fee: $120.00 for residents & $140.00 for non-residents.

Prerequisites for course:
    Age 15 before Jan. 7th, 2003
    Swim 500 yards continuously using each of the following strokes
    for at least 50 yards, crawl, breast stroke, elementary backstroke,
    and sidestroke Surface dive to a minimum depth of 5 feet and swim
    underwater a minimum of 15 yards Tread water for one minute.


SPECIAL EVENTS & EXCURSIONS

RADIO CITY HALL - CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SHOW
Join us on Wed., November 13th as we attend America's grandest holiday tradition starring the world famous high kicking Rockettes! Our trip includes motor coach transportation; reserved seating for the 11 a.m. show with lunch (gratuity included) at Jennifer's, an Italian - American restaurant; Also, free time to explore 5TH AVENUE!

Fee: $89
 

UCONN HUSKY HOOPS
UConn Women:  Game, Fees and times TBA
UConn Men:  Game, Fees and times TBA
For details about the games and to reserve tickets, call the Rec. Office.
 

FLASHLIGHT HALLOWEEN HUNT
(WOODEN PLAYGROUND & JACK-0-LANTERN CONTEST)
Decorate your pumpkin as scary or as funny as you like and join us at our free. Halloween hunt, Wed. Oct. 30, in the Painter Park wooden playground, where we'll announce the winners. Our annual hunt also features a candy-corn cou--- & costume contests. It's a real monster bash. Bring a flashlight and search for ghoulish goodies and prizes. The rain date is Oct. 31.

HUNT SCHEDULE: (proof of residency required)

        4:40 p.m. Ages 3 & Younger
        5:00 p.m. Ages 4 & 5
        5:20 p.m. Ages 6 & 7
        5.40 p.m.  Ages 8 - 10
 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAUS (AGES 5 - 9)
 In our holiday drop off program, youngsters play games, create a gift or cr--- and eat a pancake breakfast. Each child receives a gift from Santa and his elves. Program meets Sat. Dec. 14, from 9 am. to noon., at the North Pole recreation office. Space is limited to 12 special Santa's helpers.

FEE: $10 for residents; Registration opens Nov. 6.
 

SPECIAL DELIVERY - SANTA LETTERS
Bring a Dear Santa letter with your child's name and return address on it to the mailbox on the West Haven Green and receive a letter from Santa in return. Our free program runs from Nov. 23 - Dec. 16.


 
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