Recreation

Youth Sports Registrations

Southern Nelson Youth Soccer Association

Sign up for the Fall 2020 youth soccer season. Registration deadline is August 14, 2020.

REGISTER ONLINE


Coach Pitch Youth Baseball

Coach Pitch season will begin in early May and end the middle of June.
5 & 6 year olds ($20). Registration deadline is March 13, 2020.
Download the 2020 Coach Pitch Registration Form [PDF]


Pitching Machine Baseball

Pitching Machine season will begin in early May and end the middle of June.
Pitching Machine - 7, 8, & 9 year olds ($25).
Kid Pitch - 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14 year olds ($25). Registration deadline is March 13, 2020.
Download the 2020 Pitching Machine Registration Form [PDF]


T-Ball

T-Ball season will begin in early May and end the middle of June.
3 & 4 year olds ($20). Registration deadline is March 13, 2020.
Download the 2020 T-Ball Registration Form [PDF]


New Haven City Park

The New Haven/Optimist Park consists of 2 Ball Fields (Optimist Ball Field and Paul Mattingly Ball Field), two basketball courts, a tennis court, a volleyball court, two playgrounds, a football field and a lake for fishing.

City Pool

New Haven City PoolThe New Haven City Pool has been a community attraction since 1974. The City offers a 2 hour rental of the pool for parties. It can be rented on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. The cost of the rental is $100.00. The time is 6:30-8:30. Two lifeguards will be on duty during the pool rental. If you would like to extend your party by one hour, an additional charge of $50 would be added.

You are allowed to bring decorations, food, etc. into the pool area, but all items will need to be confined to the baby pool area side. If you are interested in renting the pool, contact the City Hall at 502.549.3177. If the party has to be cancelled prior to the starting time due to rain/thunder/lightning, you can either reschedule or choose to receive a refund.

Pool Hours
Monday through Friday - 1:00-5:00
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00-6:00
Monday & Thursday Night – Family Night – 6:00-8:30

Admission Prices
$ 3.00 per person for ages 3 & up
$40.00 – Individual Pool Pass
$80.00 – Family Pool Pass
If you exit the pool area, you will be required to pay again to re-enter.

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints about the City Pool, please contact the City Hall at 549.3177.

Pool Rental Application [PDF]
Lifeguard Application [PDF]

Paul Mattingly Field

Paul Mattingly FieldIn April, 2001, one of New Haven’s major youth volunteers passed away. His name was Paul Mattingly. Paul had served the youth of the community as a coach, an umpire, a groundskeeper, etc. for more than 30 years. In July of 2001, the Board of Commissioners was approached by a former resident of New Haven, Brent Coy, requesting that some type of Memorial be considered for Mattingly. A committee was appointed and their recommendation was to rename the Little League Field. The name was changed to the Paul Mattingly Field and an archway to the entrance of the field was erected designating it as such. Several donations were received and a softball tournament was held to fund this project. No City monies were expended. While the Paul Mattingly Field is not available for rent, we do have a large picnic area that the public is encouraged to use on a first come, first served basis.​

Optimist Field

​The park encompasses 22 acres and was originally owned by the New Haven Optimist Club. The Optimists purchased 16 acres of the site for $5,400 in 1962. The main use of the park originally was for baseball and softball. In 1965 the original ball field was fenced and lights were added. In 1973 the Optimist donated 4.5 acres to the City. The purpose for the donation was to allow the City to obtain funding to develop the 4.5 acres by adding a pool. The total cost of the pool was $85,000, half of which provided by a federal grant. The pool was completed and opened in June 1974.

The city obtained funding to develop the remainder of the 4.5 acres. In 1977 a pavilion, a little league softball field, a basketball court and a tennis court was added to the City Park. The Optimist Club purchased an additional six acres for $7,000. This land contained a two-acre lake.

In the late 70’s, the Optimist Club members erected a clubhouse near the large softball field. The building is 2,640 square foot. The building was used as a banquet hall/meeting room. The front of the building adjacent to the ball field served as a concession area. The Optimist Club members dedicated this building to George G. Barry who was instrumental in development of the Optimist Park and spent many tireless hours improving the park for community use. In 2004 the New Haven Optimist Club donated all of their remaining property to the City of New Haven for recreational use. The Clubhouse can still be used as a Banquet/Meeting Room and is rented out for various family activities.

Playgrounds

Playground equipment suitable for children 3 to 10 years of age was erected in the late 90's with donations from the Abbey of Gethsemani, Town & Country Bank and other local contributors. In 2004, a second playground set was added to the park for toddlers.

Barry Hall

In the city park you will find a 2,640 square foot building, which is referred to as "Barry Hall". This building is used by many. The local boy/girl scout troops host their monthly meetings, the bereavement committee uses it for bereavement dinners and many citizens rent the building for various occasions. If you are interested in renting Barry Hall, please contact the office at 502.549.3177 to check to see if it is available. The charge for the rental is $325, which includes a $100 refundable deposit.

Barry Hall Rental Agreement [PDF]

Tessie R. Cecil Pavilion

The "Tessie R. Cecil' Pavilion is also located in the park. The pavilion is 3,240 square feet. If you are interested in renting the pavilion, please call the office at 502.549.3177. The rental fee for the pavilion is $150.00, which includes a $50.00 refundable deposit.

Tessie R. Cecil Pavilion Rental Agreement [PDF]


New Haven City Hall
302 Center Street
New Haven, KY 40051
Office: 502-549-3177
Fax: 502-549-1002

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 98
New Haven, KY 40051