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RECREATION BEACH OR PARK Bartlem Recreation Area Rte. 10 Cheshire. Park amenities include the Community Pool a 90 foot baseball diamond soccer lacrosse Kids in Motion playscape a pavilion picnic area community gardens and skate park. 203-272-2743 cheshirect.org Bittner Park Rte. 77 Guilford. Open year-round from sunrise to dark 136 acres with trails for cross- country skiing horses hiking and biking a skate park concession stand restrooms softball soccer eld with lights three Little League elds and a playground. 203-453-8068 guilfordparkrec.com Brooksvale Park 524 Brooksvale Ave. Hamden. 500 acre nature park wildlife sanctuary offering a domestic animal barnyard hiking trails seasonal sugaring shack and a native wildlife garden. Open play area sports elds and ice skating pond call for ice status and sledding areas are also available. 203- 287-2669 brooksvalepark.com Chateld Hollow State Park 381 Rte. 80 Killingworth. Scenic State Park featuring shing fresh water swimming picnicking and challenging hiking trails. A waterwheel a covered bridge and a boardwalk add to the beauty of this park. Weekends and holiday parking fees. 860-663-2030 ct.govdeep Clinton Town Beach Waterside Ln. Clinton. Beach passes are required and are available at the Town Beach from our gatekeeper. Restrooms concession stand outside showers volleyball courts pavilions grills and parking facilities along with a new playground are available. Non-resident parking fee. 860-669-6901 clintonparkrec.com East Rock Park 41 Cold Spring St. New Haven. With 425 acres East Rock Park is the largest in New Haven. It features the historic Soldier Sailors Monument the Pardee Rose Garden Greenhouses sports elds and over 8 miles of hiking trails. The summit offers an excellent view of New Haven Green and Long Island Sound. Park ranger on site Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and occasional weekends. 203-946-6086 cityofnewhaven.comparks East Shore Park Woodward Ave. I-95 exit 50 New Haven. Eighty-two acres of land bordering New Haven Harbor with a meandering trail along the shoreline. Tennis courts athletic facilities handicapped accessible playground Hannahs Dream. Several lighted ball elds on site. 203-946- 8027 cityofnewhaven.comparks Edgerton Park 75 Cliff St. New HavenHamden. Tour a turn-of-the-century greenhouse complex on this 25-acre park on the grounds of the former Brewster Estate. On-site are the Sarah T. Crosby Conservatory and the Rehabilitation Centers Greenbrier Greenhouse Horticulture program offering plants and herbal products. Occasional concerts and Elm Shakespeare Company theater performances. Lush grounds for picnicking. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 203-777-1886 edgertonpark.org Edgewood Park 720 Edgewood Ave. New Haven. Offers soccer eld basketball court tennis courts two ponds hiking trails tness course playground sundial sprinkler skate board park self-guided tree walk. Visit the ranger station for information or a tour. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 203-946-8028 cityofnewhaven.com parks Farmington Canal Linear Park New HavenHamden Cheshire. 16.1 scenic miles and growing walkway perfect for biking walking hiking and in-line skating beginning in Hamden and continuing north into Cheshire and south into New Haven. See website for parking locations in New Haven Hamden and Cheshire. Dawn to dusk. 203-287-2579 farmingtoncanalgreenway.org Hammonasset Beach State Park 1288 Boston Post Rd. I-95 exit 62 Rte. 1 Madison. Largest of Connecticuts shoreline parks. Two-mile beach with facilities for swimming seasonal camping saltwater shing picnicking scuba diving hiking mountain biking roller blading and boating. Amenities include year round Meigs Point Nature Center with programs activities pavilions concessions restrooms changing roomsshowers. Fee. Daily 8 a.m.-sunset. 203-245-2785 ct.govdeep Hubbard Park and Castle Craig 199 Notch Rd. Meriden. 1802 acre park that includes a lake tennis courts a pavilion swings and playground equipped for younger children. Castle Craig is a replica of an ancient castle resting 1002 feet above sea level. Hiking trails lead to the castle. 203-630-4259 cityofmeriden.org Jacobs Beach Seaside Ave. Guilford. Beach on Long Island Sound play-scape boat racks picnic area grills pavilion and bathroom facilities. Non- resident fees. 203-453-8068 guilfordparkrec.com Lake Quonnipaug Rte. 77 Guilford. Beach and swimming area in a fresh water lake. Fee. Children 5 and under free. 203-453-8068 guilfordparkrec.com parks Lake Wintergreen West Rock Park Main St. Hamden. Part of West Rock Ridge State Park. A nature trail surrounds the lake while additional trails in the park connect to Regicides Trail. Canoeing shing. Sunrise-sunset. 203-946-6521 ct.govdeep Lighthouse Point Park 2 Lighthouse Rd. I-95 exit 50 New Haven. Swimming natural history displays nature trails picnic grove bird sanctuary and an antique carousel are highlights of this 82-acre park on Long Island Sound. Season runs April 1-November 1. Gates open 7 a.m.-sunset year round. Carousel weekends holidays noon-4 p.m. Parking fees New Haven residents free20 CT vehicles30 out-of state-vehicles. Carousel rides 50 cents. 203-946- 8027 cityofnewhaven.comparks Lock 12 Historical Park 487 North Brooksvale Rd. Cheshire. Restored section of the Farmington Canal 1828-1848. Park also includes museum lockkeepers house with working lock helicoidal bridge 2.9-mile hiking and biking trail connects with Town of Hamden trail for total of 10 miles picnic area and benches. Sections north of Lock 12 plowed in winter south of Lock 12 available for x-country skiing. Open year-round daily sunrise- sunset. 203-272-2743 cheshirect.org Milford Town Beaches Gulf Beach I-95 exit 39A has a food stand a shing pier and an observation deck facing Gulf Pond. Walnut Beach I-95 exit 34 has more parking and some picnic tables. Non- resident fee. 203-783-3280 milfordct.com Millers Pond State Park Reserve Foothills Rd. Durham. Millers Pond is unique in that its principal source of water comes from large springs which create a body of unpolluted water excellent for small mouth bass or trout. The original dam at the pond was erected some time before 1704. 860-663-2030 ct.govdeep New Haven Sea Walk End of Howard Ave. New Haven. Take a short walk along the water with views of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound. Sunrise-dusk. 203-946-8019 Pardee Rose Garden 180 Park Rd. East Rock Park Hamden. More than 50 varieties of roses peaking in June and July plus annuals perennials and herbs in bloom April-October daily sunrise-sunset. 203-946- 8142 cityofnewhaven.comparks Quinnipiac Recreation Area Cheshire St. Cheshire. 59 acre park offers soccer lacrosse a pavilion picnic area and an in-line skating rink. 203-272-2743 cheshirect.org Rockland Preserve Off Rte. 79 North Madison. Owned by the Town of Madison Rockland Preserve is 650 acres of hiking trails. Entrances across from Renees Way or Samanthas Way. 203-245-5623 madisonct.org Silver Horseshoe Stable 350 Wolf Harbor Rd. Milford. A boarding and teaching stable. Horseback riding lessons hunt seat and western by appointment only. 203-874-2168 silverhorseshoestableinc.com Silver Sands State Park I-95 exit 35 Milford. Beach- goers see Charles Island from the shore where legend has it that Captain Kidd buried treasure. Take a stroll along the boardwalk. 203-735-4311 or 860-485-0226 ct.govdeep Sleeping Giant State Park 200 Mt. Carmel Ave. Hamden. Two miles of mountaintop resembling a large man lying in repose the sleeping giant is a popular feature of the south central Connecticut skyline. A 1.5 mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak of Mt. Carmel which provides an excellent view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area. Thirty-two miles of hiking trails and picnic areas plus a river stocked with trout for spring shing. 8 a.m.-sunset. Weekends and holiday parking fees 9 CT vehicles 5 after 4 p.m.15 out-of-state vehicles 6 after 4 p.m. weekdays free. 203- 287-5658 ct.govdeep. Association sgpa.org Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park and Long Wharf Nature Preserve Long Wharf Dr. I-95 exit 46 New Haven. Seventeen acres on the west shore of the harbor contains a walkway park benches and parking. The park is the site of the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. The Preserve is a seaside ecosystem offering self-guided walking trails on Long Island Sound. Memorial 203-946- 8019 Preserve 203-946-5713 lisrc.uconn.edu coastalaccess Wadsworth Falls State Park Rte. 157 Middleeld. Picnicking shing hiking swimming. Beautiful waterfall and colorful mountain laurel in springtime. The swimming pool a saucer-shaped basin hollowed out of the level plain south of Rte. 157 is paved with a soil cement to prevent water from leaching out. Water pumped from a series of inter-connected wells located near the river is directed into the pool creating a circulating effect. Weekends and holiday parking fees 9 CT vehicles15 out-of-state vehicles weekdays free. 860-344-2950 ct.govdeep West Haven Town Beaches Bradley Point Park Promenade I-95 exit 42 West Haven. It is said that West Havens four miles of beachfront is the longest stretch of public access shorefront in the state. The most popular is Bradley Point Beach with its 1.5-mile promenade and boardwalk for walking and biking. Other beach areas include Altshuler Dawson Morse Oak St. Peck Sandy Point and Sea Bluff. Non-resident parking fee. 203-937-3651 cityofwesthaven.com LEISURE www.visitNewHaven.com www.newhavenarts.org38