Hike-toberfest 2017

Hike, Eat, Drink & Celebrate with Friends during our new fun fundraiser for the hiking trails of Van Cortlandt Park. Come see why VCP is Where NYC Hikes. Hikes start at 2pm: Hikers will have the option of going on a 4-5 mile hike throughout the park OR a 2 mile leisurely nature or history hikes. All hikes will be led by guides and take about 2 hours. All registered participants will receive a VCP Where NYC Hikes giveaway. Oktoberfest is from 4-7pm: Attendees will receive a Hike-toberfest Souvenir Mug, eat German food by Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, enjoy local beers served by the Bronx Beer Hall and listen to The Third Wheel Band perform- all included in ticket price.  Special thank you to all the breweries for donating! Yard games will be set up to challenge your friends as you hang out on the Van Cortlandt House Museum Lawn. Thank you to all our sponsors to date: Allstate Insurance, Bronx Beer Hall, Fidelis Care, Food Dynasty, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, Loving the Bronx, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Riverdale Family Practice and Van Cortlandt House Musuem.  Click to purchase tickets securely online or use this Registration Form to pay by check.  Sponsorship Opportunities are Available.

25th Anniversary Celebration:
Honoring our Founders

Join us on Sunday October 15th, 2017 as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Honor our Founders:
Felicity Nitz, Frances Beinecke, Susan Morgenthau, Elizabeth Scheuer, Jane Sokolow and Sybil Wailand

Keynote Speaker Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.

Event Hosted by Journalist and Talk Show Host Meredith Vieira.

Our guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and dessert out on the deck of the Van Cortlandt Lake House overlooking Van Cortlandt Lake.  Tickets and Sponsorships available through Eventbrite or via mail using this form.

Thank You to Our Sponsors (as of 8/25/17):

Trailblazers: Robert Baron, Frances Beinecke and Paul Elston, Christopher Rizzo/Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP and Groundwork Hudson Valley

Community Booster: Riverdale Country School


Show Your Support for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

Water leaving Van Cortlandt Lake and entering into the sewer system.Water from Van Cortlandt Lake enters the Broadway sewer at a rate of 4 to 5 million gallons of water per day — and that’s on a dry day. This water is then treated – for no reason- at the Wards Island Stormwater Treatment Plant. Often when it rains, the combination of sewage, street runoff and the brook enters the combined sewer, bypassing the treatment plant and flowing directly into the Harlem River. This one Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), WI-056, connected to the Broadway sewer makes up more than half of the CSO water entering the Harlem River. Daylighting will remove this clean water from the sewer and help to reduce CSO occurrences on the Harlem River and help with flooding issues along Broadway and other areas of the Tibbetts Brook Watershed. 

The Friends of VCP have joined forces with the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality to create a Coalition for the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook. As of March 2017, Bronx Community Board 7, Bronx Community Board 8, The Bronx is Blooming, Councilman Andrew Cohen, NYS Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot Engel, Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association, Kingsbridge Business Improvement District, Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corp., Councilman Mark Levine, NYS Senator Jeffrey Klein, The Natural Areas Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, NYC H2O, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Riverkeeper, S.W.IM. Coalition, the Trust for Public Land, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and Wave Hill have signed on.    If your group would like to sign on please email christina@vancortlandt.org .  Individuals may add their support by signing our online Free Tibbetts Brook petition.  

Watch this Video & Learn about the Friends

Click Here to Watch the Video Directly on YouTube.

Thank you to Next Round Productions for creating this wonderful video for us.  Very special thank you to Partnerships for Parks for helping to fund the video!


Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park

NYC Parks recently finalized a comprehensive Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan that will guide the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s natural beauty and provide solutions for the needs of all neighboring communities. The Master Plan charts clear courses of action to restore and improve this unique property.  The Master Plan is intended to coordinate efforts over the next twenty years between agencies, nonprofit partners, elected officials and community groups to complete capital projects in Van Cortlandt Park.  The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park look forward to helping to implement projects in this plan over the next 20 years.


FVCP in the New York Times!

FVCP was featured in a recent New York Times article New York Parks in Less Affluent Areas Lack Big Gifts.

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Our EIN is 13-3843182.