My Experience with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The week, we have a guest blogger- Chris Petitt is a community member and past volunteer with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  We are thankful for his volunteer efforts and for sharing his experience with us. “My decision to support Van Cortlandt Park as a volunteer was inspired by my daughter; the spirit of […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- May 2014

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are excited to announce that N.F. Taussig is our May 2014 Friend of the Month.  Mr. Taussig is an avid park user and has been a dedicated member of our Volunteer Trails Restoration Crew, active volunteer for our forest restoration days and has participated in our last two Hike-a-thons. […] Read more »

Press Release- 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon: Saturday April 26th

Like a Walk-a-Thon, Hike-a-Thon participants will sign up supporters to sponsor their hike. Participants will be able to choose from three routes—a family friendly one-mile loop on the John Kieran Trail, a medium 3 mile hike or a 5 mile excursion into the outer reaches of the Park. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) […] Read more »

Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan

The following has been taken from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s website- http://www.nycgovparks.org/park-facilties/van-cortlandt-park/master-plan. The Need for the Master Plan When Frederick Law Olmsted was mapping the streets of the Bronx in 1876, he proposed that New York City buy the Van Cortlandt family estate. He reported that, without doing any work, the property […] Read more »

The Friends Welcome our New Program Assistant

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park recently added another new staff member- Marisol Diaz is our new part-time Program Assistant.  Ms Diaz, a Peruvian native, is currently a post-baccalaureate student in Columbia University in Conservation Biology. She focuses on interdisciplinary approaches between ecology, social sciences, and education to encourage community-driven conservation initiatives focusing on coastal […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- April 2014

Hana Turner is our April 2014 Friend of the Month.  Although, Hana is a relatively new volunteer with the Friends she has dedicated many hours to volunteering with us over the last year.  Hana is an avid park user who lives in the community and is a senior at Fieldston High School.   Hana has volunteered […] Read more »

The Friends’ Welcome John Butler as our Trails Project Manager

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park would like to welcome our newest staff person- John Butler.  John will be working with us through the end of the year as our Trails Project Manager- a brand new position with the Friends. John Butler is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in […] Read more »

FVCP’s Youth Internship Opportunities this Summer

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are offering two separate internships for youth this summer.  Below is more information on each program and how to apply.  Both are competitive programs so please make sure to get your completed application in on time and best of luck! Youth Run Farm Stand Internship The Youth Run Farm […] Read more »

Press Release: Creating a Bridge to Re-Unite Neighbors 3.29.14

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release* Creating A Pedestrian Bridge to Re-Unite Neighbors: A Broken Promise that We Will Make Right Saturday, March 29th, 2014 Van Cortlandt Park The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Bronx Community Board 8 are hosting a Rally to highlight a broken link and a broken promise in Van Cortlandt Park: […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- March 2014

We are happy to announce that our March 2014 Friend of the Month is Bob Bender, Parks Committee Chair of Bronx Community Board 8.  He has been a devoted supporter of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park for many years and in many ways.  Currently, Bob has been actively working with the Friends to organize […] Read more »