Stone Steps on John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park Bronx NY

Vote for Van Cortlandt Park

This fall, a portion of every Michelob ULTRA purchase will help restore 12 trails, including the John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park, throughout the US and everyone can help decide how the funds are distributed. No purchase necessary to cast your vote.  For more information on this campaign please see our press release.  Visit to cast your vote for Van Cortlandt Park now.


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 June 24th, 2016, Bronx Community Board 7, Councilman Andrew Cohen, NYS Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot Engel, Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association, Kingsbridge Business Improvement District, 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 and the Trust for Public Land have signed on.  Bronx Community Board 8 passed their own resolution in favor of daylighting and supports the efforts of the Coalition.  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

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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!

Parker Gambino giving a lesson on insect identification at the 2015 BioBlitz in Van Cortlandt Park.

Parker Gambino at 2015 BioBlitz in Van Cortlandt Park. Photo by Stan McCleave.

2015 Bio Blitz in Van Cortlandt Park

The Parks & Recreation Committee of Bronx Community Board 8, in conjuction with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, conducted a bioblitz in Van Cortlandt P Park.  A bioblitz is a careful survey of the plant and animal life within a defined area.  In this case, the area was the southern end of the Putnam Trail, the southeast corner of the Parade Grounds, and the adjacent woodlands and wetlands. The data from the bioblitz was compiled by naturalist Parker Gambino.  Click here to read the report.

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.