Annual Spring Fundraiser at the
New York Philharmonic Concert- 6/12/18

2018 Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Honorees Christina Taylor and Bob Bender with Bronx Commissioner Iris Rodriquez Rosa. Photo by Jordan Harris.

2018 Honorees Christina Taylor and Bob Bender with Bronx Commissioner Iris Rodriquez Rosa. Photo by Jordan Harris.

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will be hosting their Annual Spring Fundraiser on the evening of the New York Philharmonic Concert in Van Cortlandt Park on Tuesday June 12th starting at 6pm. Attendees will have drinks and a light supper under a tent on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt House Museum prior to enjoying VIP seats at the New York Philharmonic concert on the Parade Grounds of the Park which starts at 8pm. During the evening’s celebration, the Friends will recognize the contributions of four long time supporters of our mission.

Christina Taylor: Executive Director, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
Bob Bender: Chair, Parks & Recreation Committee of Community Board 8
Paul and Klara Porzelt Trust and Carter Ledyard & Millburn LLP

Thank You to Our Sponsors:
(as of May 1st, 2018)
Platinum Level: Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Silver Level:  Country Bank, Manhattan College, Riverdale Country School and Stagg Group

Tickets available online through Eventbrite.
To become a sponsor, use this form to contribute by check or use the Eventbrite page.

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 May 2018, Bronx Community Board 7, Bronx Community Board 8, The Bronx is Blooming, City as a Living Lab (CALL), 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 .  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.