Friend of the Month- April 2014

Hana Turner our April 2014 Friend of the Month- Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Bronx, NY

Hana Turner our April 2014 Friend of the Month

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 out in the park and in our office helping us out whenever her busy schedule allows.  We are grateful for the time she has donated to the Friends.

How and when did you get involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?
Because of the business of junior year, I never got around to starting my mandatory community service until the end of second semester. I had no idea where to focus my core hours, so when the advisors at the community service office recommended the Friends, I was on board. I’ve always lived by Van Cortlandt Park and the fact that I was able to work somewhere I was very familiar with was an exciting idea. My first assignment was the summer garden crew, which I was able to smoothly fit into and enjoy. Read more »

The Friends’ Welcome John Butler as our Trails Project Manager

John Butler is the Friends’ new 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 Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. During his time in Vermont he studied the ecological systems found in the Northeastern United States. This past year John worked in the agricultural field as an educator on a dairy farm and a field hand in the maple syrup industry. Before then John was an intern with the McCaig Nature Education Center outside of Philadelphia where he performed such duties as installing water bars to reduce erosion and rerouting a trail to be less steep and easier for park users to hike. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, he is excited to be back in an urban setting and for the opportunity to work here in the Bronx and to join the community at Van Cortlandt Park. 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!

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Youth Farm Stand Interns at Montefiore Hospital Bronx, NY held in partnership with GrowNYC.

Our 2013 Youth Farm Stand Interns at Montefiore Hospital held in partnership with GrowNYC.

Youth Run Farm Stand Internship
The Youth Run Farm Stand Internship offers the rewarding opportunity to learn about produce in an urban setting. The FVCP Youth Markets are a vital community resource, providing healthier options with fresh fruits and vegetables at two farm stands. Interns in this program learn about the entire food system; growing selling, consuming, and composting. This is important because when we understand where our food comes from and where it goes, we are able to make better decisions about what we buy and eat. Read more »

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

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release*

General location of where the Pedestrian Bridge (green line with black bars) would be located over the Major Deegan- taken from the Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park.

General location of where the Pedestrian Bridge (green line with black bars) would be located over the Major Deegan- taken from the Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park.

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: the Pedestrian Bridge over the Major Deegan Expressway that connects its eastern and western halves and connects the broken Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.  In 1999, the New York City Council determined that NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should build a Pedestrian Bridge if it was “feasible”. A feasibility study was conducted and determined that it was feasible but DEP has refused to pay for it. We are asking our community, our elected officials, and all those who love Van Cortlandt Park to join together and demand that DEP keep its promise to the Bronx. The Pedestrian Bridge is now a part of Van Cortlandt Park’s Master Plan. The time for action is now! Read more »

Friend of the Month- March 2014

Bob Bender, Parks Chair of Bronx CB 8, is Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's March 2014 Friend of the Month.

Bob Bender, Parks Chair of Bronx CB 8, is our March 2014 Friend of the Month.

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 the demonstration and press event on March 29th to promote the need for the DEP to keep its promise to build the Croton Pedestrian Bridge over the Major Deegan.  We are truly luckily to have him in our corner and look forward to working with him in the future.

How and when did you get involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?
I first became aware of the Friends when I joined the Parks & Recreation Committee of Community Board 8 in 2006. I was delighted to know that there was a group that was so active and so committed to Van Cortlandt Park.  I’m still delighted by that. Read more »

A 20/20 Vision for Van Cortlandt Park

The capital project which improved Van Cortlandt Lake in Bronx, NYwas one of the projects highlighted in the 20/20 Vision of Van Cortlandt Park. Photo by Asa Aarons.

The capital project which improved Van Cortlandt Lake was one of the projects highlighted in the 20/20 Vision of Van Cortlandt Park. Photo by Asa Aarons.

On Saturday February 22nd, the Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces held the 20th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up at Lehman College.  During the event, representatives from parks in each of the Community Boards along with Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park and the Bronx River presented their 20/20 visions- what they have seen over the last 20 years and what they hope to see over the next 20 years- for their parks.  Christina Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park presented the following 20/20 Vision for Van Cortlandt Park:

“The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, like the Bronx Parks Speak Up, recently celebrated our 20th Anniversary as we were formed in 1992.  Over the last 20 years, the Friends have seen both positive and negative changes in our beloved Park.  I am happy to say that the positive outnumber the negative.  Read more »