Friend of the Month- September 2016

Braedon Cohen at the Friends' Garden & Compost Site in Van Cortlandt Park.

Braeden Cohen, our September 2016 Friend of the Month, at the Friends’ Garden & Compost Site in Van Cortlandt Park.

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our September 2016 Friend of the Month- Braeden Cohen. As the Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by the New York Botanical Garden, Braeden has played a key role at our Garden & Compost site since the spring of 2015. In a short time he helped to lay the foundation of our weekly food scrap collection, picking up where the previous person had left off and taking it to the next level. He is always willing to jump in and show our interns the finer points of a compost system, helping them to understand that there isn’t always a quick answer to a problem but that they need to observe and think through what is happening to come to the best solution. Rain or shine, Braeden is a welcome addition to the work we do and while he is now only dropping by to check on us while we manage the system on our own he is always available to trouble shoot or tell a joke. Thank you, Braeden for all that you do for the Friends and our Garden & Compost Site.

How and when did you get involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?

I started working with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park in April of 2015. That’s when I started my job as an Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by the New York Botanical Garden. Last year, with the help of awesome volunteers, I staffed the Tuesday Food Scrap Drop-Off where we currently accept food scraps from the public and use them to make compost for the Friend of Van Cortlandt Park’s Garden. I am no longer staffing the Tuesday drop-off because I am setting up new sites in the Bronx, we have passed the pitch-fork to FVCP. Next time you drop off your scraps, be sure to thank Alex for doing such a great job! Read more »

Press Release: FVCP Part of National Campaign to Restore Trails

For Immediate ReleaseStone Steps on John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park Bronx NY
September 6th, 2016

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Part of National Campaign from Michelob ULTRA and the American Hiking Society to restore trails this fall

A portion of every Michelob ULTRA purchase this fall 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.

Just in time for the fall foliage, Michelob ULTRA is introducing an initiative to help restore running, cycling and hiking trails which are essential to Michelob ULTRA drinkers’ pursuit of an active life.  From September 4th through November 26th Michelob ULTRA will be donating a portion of every purchase up to $200,000 to the restoration of 12 trails across the United States, including our very own John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY.

Partnering with the American Hiking Sociery for the second straight year, Michelob ULTRA has expanded the program from two trails in 2015 to a total of 12 trails this year.  Each of the 12 participating trails will received $5,000, with Michelob ULTRA drinkers helping to decide which trails receive the remaining funds by visiting michelobULTRA.com/theextramile and voting for their hometown. Read more »

Press Release- FVCP Reports Illicit Discharge into Tibbetts Brook in Yonkers

For Immediate Release

Pipe discharging into Tibbetts Brook in Yonkers on a dry weather day. Photo taken August 9th, 2016.

Pipe discharging into Tibbetts Brook in Yonkers on a dry weather day. Photo taken August 9th, 2016.

August 16th, 2016

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Reports Illicit Discharge into Tibbetts Brook in Yonkers

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have reported to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation what we believe to be a continuous illicit discharge into Tibbetts Brook within Yonkers.  The staff of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and community members have reported this pipe discharging during dry weather and strong smells of detergent and discoloration, a blue-green color, have been reported too. The 4 foot pipe is located along the South County Trail adjacent to Lawton Street nearby where the Brophy Brothers Wholesale is located. The coordinates are 40.9122, -73.8842 and the best way to access the pipe is by entering the South County Bike Trail from Alan B Shepard Jr. Place and heading south to the next block, before you reach the overpass that is McLean Avenue. Read more »

Reaction on Recent Shooting in Park

For Immediate Release
June 3rd, 2016

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Reaction on Recent Shooting in Park

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park deplores the violence that erupted in the park on May 28th, 2016 at a nighttime party.  We have written to the NYPD to call for daily patrols in the park, especially in the nighttime hours.  And we are committed to working with both NYPD and NYC Parks to prevent and break-up unauthorized gatherings this summer on both sides of the Park.  Van Cortlandt Park is closed after 10 p.m.. Large gatherings (of 20 or more people) require permits from NYC Parks.  DJs and drinking alcoholic beverages in the park is never permitted.  All of these rules need to be enforced on an ongoing basis throughout the Park. Read more »

Van Cortlandt Park Selected for Parks Without Borders

For Immediate Release
May 24th, 2016

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce that Van Cortlandt Park has been selected as one of 8 NYC Parks for the new Parks Without Borders initiative.  The new Parks Without Borders initiative focuses on three areas of the park: entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces. This new design approach will help unify park spaces with the neighborhoods they serve. Read more »

Tibbetts Water Quality Monitoring Project- Conductivity & Nitrate Results

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park began conducting weekly water quality monitoring at 6 different locations within Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake at the end of December 2015. This work is being done in partnership with various organizations including Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the USGS who have provided expertise on monitoring and Manhattan College who has assisted with lab analysis of water samples using the lab facilities, students and professors in the School of Engineering.  Currently, we are collecting data on the following parameters: Nitrates, Total Phosphorous, pH, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Discharge, Turbidity and Temperature. If you are interested in learning more about this project (or any of our Wetland Stewardship programs which include restoration and education opportunities) please reach out to our Ecological Project Manager John Butler at john@vancortlandt.org.   Here is a quick update from John Butler on some interesting results we have found so far. Read more »