CT Society of Landscape Architects

Please join CTASLA and the Friends of Edgewood Park for a morning of history, discovery and celebration of grand and historic Edgewood Park.

Edgewood Park: History, Discovery & Celebration

Saturday, May 21st
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

A CTASLA continuing education program

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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 Places.

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 Green Mile"
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 Forte.

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.

Lyric Hall
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.



To register by mail, print out the registration form and return with your check by May 18th or register online with your credit card below.

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$86 /ASLA/AIA/Friend of Edgewood Park
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$105 / Non-Member

$45 / Student (ID Required)
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Photo courtesy of Colin Caplan

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