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Parks and Recreation Offering Great Spring/Summer Programs

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The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services summer brochure has arrived and it is a fun-filled 38 page brochure.

If you’re looking for something for the young ones, the department offers a variety of camps, swim lessons, and an assortment of recreational programs. There’s plenty for adults too, including swim lessons, yoga in the park, kickball league, aqua zumba and more!

The Aquatics section of the brochure includes detailed information regarding pool hours, pool pass information, pool party themes and information on this year’s Flick & Float. Get a brochure to find out which movie is being featured this year.

Some of the special events highlighted in the brochure include the department’s lunchtime concert series which returns on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in Central Park and a complete listing of bands that will perform in the City’s popular summer concert series in Walnut Hill Park. If you’re looking for specific information regarding the department’s Rose Garden Festival, Farmers’ Market, the Great American Boom, or Main Street USA, you’ll find it all in there too.


A free summer yoga series during the months of June, July, and August. The sessions will take place on all Tuesday and Thursdays nights at the Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden from 6 – 7 p.m. for ages 14 and up. The program was made possible through a health and wellness grant through the New Britain Health Department.

“We are excited to once again offer this free yoga series in our beautiful Walnut Hill Park. Yoga has amazing benefits and I’m thankful are able to contribute to improving the health and well-being of our residents,” stated Mayor Erin E. Stewart.

Relaxing sessions will be taught by certified Yoga Instructor Kelly Murphy and her staff. These free sessions will be geared towards “Hatha Flow”, which will combine deep stretching and movement with breath from start to finish. The focus is to connect minds and bodies in calm postures that will allow the participants to create a focused fluidity throughout sequences. This is an all-level class with multiple modifications making it enjoyable and accessible for everyone and is meant to cool the body down from a busy day.

The Free Summer Yoga Series requires no registration. Interested participants can show up to the class at their own discretion at the Rose Garden and unwind from a busy day. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mats.

Rose Garden Festival

The fifth annual New Britain Rose Garden Festival, presented by Stanley Black and Decker, will be taking place at the Walnut Hill Rose Garden on Saturday, June 16th from 5-10 p.m. Once again, imagine dining, drinking and dancing amongst 1,000 multi-colored, full bloom roses for five hours on a warm summer night in June at historic Walnut Hill Park. Come out and be a part of this special community wide event that will feature a night of live music as well as the opportunity to enjoy food from a variety of local restaurants! In addition, beverages of all kinds will be available for purchase including beer, wine, and spirits. Admission to the event will be $7 per person in advance and $10 the day of the event.

This event is for persons 21 years of age and older. Food and beverages will be sold separately. “The Rose Garden Festival is a great opportunity to spend a unique summer evening in one of our city’s most picturesque settings. Amid the Rose Garden, there will be music, dancing, drinks, and food from a variety of local restaurants to enjoy in the company of friends. I look forward to the 5th annual Rose Garden Festival on June 16th at Walnut Hill Park!” said Mayor Stewart.

Restaurants committed to the event to date are: Great Taste, Back Nine Tavern, Max Pizza II, Staropolska, Mofongo, and KC’s on Main, all from New Britain. Back Nine Tavern, Stanley Golf Course’s new food and beverage provider, will also be providing full bar service for the event.

“The fee for restaurants to be part of this unique event is only $200 and we are already near full capacity for this unique catering opportunity.” The rose garden atop the park near the World War I Monument is the largest volunteer maintained Rose Garden in the state, led by the efforts of Kate McCue, Michelle Malinowski, and the Friends of Walnut Hill Rose Garden.

The event will start with a Happy Hour from 5 to 6 Following the Happy Hour will be the first of two bands to take the stage that evening. LaTanya Farrell will get the party and dancing started and the nightcap will feature Soul Sound Revue, rocking the stage for the remainder of the night. These are two of Connecticut’s most popular artists/showbands that will be sure to keep the party going strong all night long.