Beginning a Bright Future for the Wetlands in VCP

Only two months into our Wetlands Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx Program and we are already seeing a great amount of support and participation. For those of you who do not know, it is a program that brings together water quality testing within Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake, restoration and maintenance within 5 acres […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- November 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce that Council Member Andrew Cohen is our November 2015 Friend of the Month. The Councilman was involved with the Friends for many years before his current position. As a community resident, he served as an active board member for several years and supported our efforts […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- October 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce that our October 2015 Friend of the Month is Jane Sokolow. Jane has been a friend of the organization since the beginning as an original board over member. Jane works as an independent consultant in community greening and zoning projects and interpretive science writing. She […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- September 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our September 2015 Friend of the Month- Billy Feerick. Billy has spent the last two summer’s working with the Friends Youth Run Farm Stand Internship- helping customers select and purchase fresh locally grown produce and leading cooking demonstrations to introduce the community to new healthy […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- June 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are thrilled to announce that our June Friend of the Month is Dart Westphal. Over the years, Dart has been a true friend to all Bronx Parks and an advocate for the betterment of the borough. Dart is a former board member of the Friends who served for over […] Read more »

The Pedestrian Bridge: A Broken Promise, Finally Made Right

On the afternoon May 8th, 2015, a press conference was held in the parking lot of Shandler Recreation Area to announce that $12 million has been allocated for a pedestrian bridge that will span the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) and finally bring the western and eastern halves of the Park together. The Pedestrian Bridge is […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- May 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are pleased to announce that our May 2015 Friend of the Month is Congressman Eliot Engel. Congressman Engel has always been an active supporter of parkland, especially those in his district which includes all of Van Cortlandt Park. The Friends are most thankful for the Congressman supporting the very […] Read more »

John Muir Trail: Upcoming Projects

The John Muir trail, established back in 1997 through a joint effort of the Van Cortlandt Park Rangers and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park interns, is currently the only east-west traversing trail in the Park connecting Woodlawn to Riverdale. A couple of short sections of the trail wind along and below the Henry Hudson […] Read more »

John Muir: The Man & The Trail

John Muir was famous for his contribution to naturalism in the 1800’s. He was one of the founding members of the Sierra Club, a major environmental organization that is still prevalent today. A famous 211 hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada is named after him, but if you are not to canny on flying out […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- April 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our April Friend of the Month- Michael Alfano. Michael was an intern with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Environmental Internship program for two consecutive years and the summer in between while in high school. Today, Michael is back working in Van Cortlandt Park as […] Read more »