New Haven- Today in New Haven’s Edgewood Park, Mayor Harp and Anne Worcester, Tournament Director of The Connecticut Open joined representatives from City of New Haven Board of Alders, Parks and Recreation, Market New Haven, Town Green Special Services District, Yale Properties, Economic Development Corporation of New Haven and Visit New Haven to celebrate the upcoming tournament and outline the ways the New Haven community can get involved.
The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is owned by the State of Connecticut and is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization that leverages the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the community and maximize support for women’s, youth and Military causes in Connecticut.
Mayor Toni Harp, and tournament organizer Anne Wooster both made statements at the presser, including spotlighting the youth program New Haven Hytes, which is geared towards using tennis as a vehicle for education.
Mayor Harp introduced “have a ball New Haven” month, (which among other fringe benefits)will feature free parking at the Crown St and Temple street garages if citizens eat at one of the 20 restaurants downtown that are participating in the “zero dollar restaurant program”.
Tastie Fish is still attempting to obtain a list of the participating restaurants.
The New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation also made a statement as New Haven gears up for the biggest sporting event of the year.
“Our Department looks forward to working with the Connecticut Open every summer, the week long event is a fun and exciting time, especially for our kids, and families who take advantage of the tennis clinics, fitness classes, and other programs offered by the CT Open” said Becky Bombero, Director of the New Haven Department of Parks and Recreation.
The tournament will take place August 18 – August 26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven. For tickets and additional details, please visit ctopen.org or call 855-464-8366.
The Connecticut Open will stream live on ESPN3