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 »

Cass Gallagher, Part 3

In the final blogpost in our series on Cass Gallagher.  John Butler shares with us information about the Cass Gallagher Trail and upcoming projects that the Friends will complete to improve it for our park users. Named after the amazing Bronxite Cass Gallagher, the nature trail found in the Northwest Forest winds through the hilliest […] Read more »

Cass Gallagher, Part 2

The second post in our three part series on Cass Gallagher.  Matthew Melore shares with us some of Cass Galllagher’s thoughts on the Bronx of her times and how many of the issues are still relevant today. The Bronx has changed a great deal since the day Cass Gallagher helped found the first Friends of […] Read more »

Cass Gallagher, The Original Friend of VCP, Part 1

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park present a three part series on the original Friend of Van Cortlandt Park- Cass Gallagher.  Here is the first in the series.  Matthew Melore gives an overview of Cass Gallagher’s role in the Park and why a trail is named after her. Cass […] Read more »