Watch this Video & Learn about the Friends!
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!
Support the Friends
We rely on the support of our friends to continue our efforts to Bring Youth, Community and Nature Together in Van Cortlandt Park. Become a Friend Today! We have high hopes for the coming year and hope you will help us realize our goals. Together we can achieve so much.
The Friends have started an IOBY campaign to raise much needed funds for our Garden & Compost Site.Over the last several years, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have expanded our Garden and Compost Site making it a vital component of our programming efforts. Currently, we have over 800 square feet of raised beds where we donate the vast majority of the produce we grow, two 3 bin compost systems which can handle weeds from the garden and limited food scraps and 3 closed compost bins for food scraps. Our first 400 square foot raised bed was built in 2008 and the wood is starting to rot and fall apart. In addition, we have been using the same tools and wheelbarrows for over ten years now and they are breaking at a rapid rate. We are asking for funding to revamp and our Garden & Compost Site and bring it to level that our community deserve. Please consider making an online donation to support this effort.
Harlem River Survey
The Friends have partnered with the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality to assist with the community outreach portion of their Harlem River BOA project. We need your help! Please just take 10mins to fill out this survey. The purpose of this survey is to find out what individuals would like along certain unused areas along the Harlem River. These areas are known as Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA).
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.