Park Staff

The Park staff is a team of Hamden town employees from the Arts, Recreation & Culture (ARC), and the Department of Public Works - Parks Division. The recreation and maintenance staff work together to create a clean & safe park, offering programs and opportunities for the public. Director Craig Cesare, and Parks Division Supt John Torgerson provide leadership on all Park operations.

Resident Park Ranger: 

Vincent Lavorgna

Park Maintainer:

Tom Brown

Barnyard staff:

Amy Kulikowski- Barnyad manager

Ali Grabarz- Assistant barnyard manager

Amy and Ali are experienced with handling and caring for horses and have trained the horses to respond to voice commands and cart pulling. Besides training, they work to make sure all of the animals' environments are clean and safe. They monitor every animal's diet and ensure they are happy and healthy. They also work with camp kids in the summer to provide hands on experience with the animals for educational (and fun!) purposes. 

Park Specialist:

Peter Laffin

Peter is the Park's Sugar master, head gardener, and main beekeeper. He tends to the garden during the warmer months and collects sap to make maple syrup in the colder months. Pete also is involved in programming for school groups and camp.

Part-time Park Maintainers:

Jesse Vergato and Mike Gibson

Jesse and Mike work to make sure the park grounds are safe and clean. They also provide needed coverage in the barnyard, help in the garden, and help with collecting sap during maple sugar season.

Hazel, ali, lacey, amy, lighting, and jesse

Hazel, ali, lacey, amy, lighting, and jesse