Welcome to Brooksvale Park!
MAPLE SUGARING DAY
Saturday March 17, 2018
Hamden Recreation Dept. and the Friends of Brooksvale Park invite you to their annual Maple Sugaring Open House.
Park staff and Friends of Brooksvale Park members, joined by community volunteers will be at various learning stations to share with you the history and science behind this ancient craft. Native American legends about the discovery of maple sugaring will be presented. Exhibits, artifacts, and a visit to the maple grove and sugar shack will provide an opportunity to understand the process from sap to syrup.
The program is FREE and open to the public and geared for school age children to adults. Though the Veterans’ Memorial Building where the storytelling takes place is accessible, keep in mind the other learning stations are outdoors where the ground can be slippery snow and uneven. Heavy rain or snow will cancel the program. Maple sugaring season is traditionally muddy and cold, so participants should dress for the weather.
A limited supply of 100% Maple Syrup made at the park and by local sugar makers will be available during the open house while supplies last. Donation is $8/ half pint. 100% of donations support this program and others at the park. Paid Friends of Brooksvale members can reserve ONE ½ pint container of syrup, production and supply allowing, by emailing Ranger Vinny at Brooksvale@hamden.com or by calling 203-287-2669. Membership information is at friendsofbrooksvale.org and please remember, as much as we’d like to, we cannot control nature and sap flow.
Brooksvale Park is located 1 mile off Whitney Avenue (Route 10) at 524 Brooksvale Avenue in Northern Hamden. For more information and directions you can call 203-287-2669, visit brooksvalepark.com or find Brooksvale Park on Facebook.
For more information about getting involved in the Friends of Brooksvale Park visit friendsofbrooksvalepark.org and find the Friends on Facebook. Incorporated in 2003 this park group has taken on projects small (trail work) to large (the New Animal Barn) and would love to have you be a part of the fun and mission to continue improving the park for all ages.
Brooksvale Park is a 500 acre public park owned and operated by the town of Hamden, CT. Brooksvale is a farm inspired park that includes farm animals, an organic vegetable/herb garden, a sugar shack for boiling maple syrup, a bee apiary, fields for recreational use, and hiking trails. The Park's Veterans Memorial Hall is available to rent for children's birthday parties during the off season. The Picnic Pavilion is available to rent from May thru October. (send an email if interested)
Park staff offer the annual Camp Brooksvale summer day camp, educational programs, and the Brooksvale Fall Festival. The Friends of Brooksvale contribute year round, and present Maple Sugaring Day and the annual WreathMaking Workshop.
The Barnyard is a wonderful place to visit, and the staff works hard to keep it safe for the animals and visitors. BARNYARD RULES-- Absolutely NO FEEDING of our animals. Also, adults and group leaders please monitor kids closely in the Barnyard--Thank you! The animals live at the Park year round and create a real farm atmosphere that children and adults enjoy. The public is able to interact with the animals if they choose in a respectful manner (observe signage) The animals are also involved in the camp programs, as children learn about animal husbandry and agriculture.
During the warmer months, the adjacent farm garden is up and running. School children, campers, and visitors can walk through the garden and learn about organic farming. During the colder months the Park focuses on maple sugaring, teaching visitors and school children about the process of boiling sap and tapping our sugar maple trees.
You'll find more information about the history of the park, the barnyard, the garden, and other amazing things the Park has to offer in the main menu. Thank you for visiting the park website and we hope to see you soon!