Please join CTASLA and the Friends of Edgewood Park
for a morning of history, discovery and celebration of grand and historic
Edgewood Park: History, Discovery & Celebration
Saturday, May 21st
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
A CTASLA continuing education program
Edgewood Park is a 123-acre urban oasis in the western section of
New Haven. This historic park, molded by noted designers Donald Grant
Mitchell, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and Beatrix Farrand, has endured and
evolved into a dynamic modern city park beloved by its local communities.
The park also strongly influences the two Historic Districts of Westville
Village and Edgewood Park, and the West River Neighborhoods that embrace it.
The Event will be held in Lyric Hall, designed by noted architect C.J.Bailey
and constructed in 1913 as the West Rock Theater, a spot in Westville where working men and women once
came to be entertained by silent films and vaudeville acts. It has been
reinvented and restored and is now on the National Register of Historic
CEUs: Program registered for 3.5 CEU credit hours with
LACES and AIA-CES
*Note: 1 CEU (tour) subject to weather
8:15 -9:00 Sign-in and continental breakfast
9:00-9:10 Welcoming comments — Barbara Yaeger, CTASLA VP
9:10-9:40 David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven - "New
Haven: How the City and Communities Foster Her Parks"
9:45-10:15 Semi Semi-Dikoko, President, Friends of Edgewood Park - "A
Community’s Vision for Their Park"
10:15-11:30 Colin Caplan, Historian - "Edgewood Park: Historic Westville’s
11:30-12:15 Lunch and networking
*12:30-2:00 Walking Study of historic Edgewood Park: Her History and
Evolution to a Modern Park. Guided by Colin Caplan and Semi Semi-Dikoko
*Notes: Morning lecture program is rain or shine; if there
is severe weather, walking study of the park may be rescheduled. The walk
will be approximately 2 miles. Most of the surfaces are paved, however there
is a portion that is along a wooded dirt trail, so appropriate walking shoes
are strongly advised.
David Moser is an ASLA member and a licensed Landscape
Architect for the City of New Haven.
Colin M. Caplan, a native of New Haven, Connecticut,
graduated from Tulane University with a Master’s degree in Architecture. An
accomplished author, his books include: New Haven (Then & Now); A Guide to
Historic New Haven, CT; 101 Glimpses of New Haven and Westville, Tales from
a Connecticut Hamlet. He serves on the board of directors of the New Haven
Preservations Trust and the Elm City Parks Conservancy, and was awarded the
2008 Arts Award by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven for his work in the
preservation and architectural community. He now has his own firm, Magrisso
Semi Semi-Dikoko is the President of the Friends of
Edgewood Park and has been an active member for many years. His appreciation
for the importance of parks to local communities was developed while
traveling throughout the world as a project manager for IBM and now his own
firm. He began his love affair with Edgewood Park while training for the New
York City Marathon after moving to New Haven.
827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven 06515
Across the street in the Edgewood Parking lot on West Rock Avenue. Also
there is a city lot on the corner of Blake Street & Whalley Avenue, a short
walk through Historic Westville Center. Parking in designated areas on the
street is also permitted.
EDGEWOOD PARK, CITY OF NEW HAVEN
FRIEND OF EDGEWOOD PARK
To register by mail, print out the
and return with your check by May 18th or register online with your credit