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 »

Coalition for the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook- Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 3rd, 2016

Water leaving Van Cortlandt Lake and entering into the sewer system.

On a dry day, 4 to 5 million gallons of water from Tibbetts Brook flows into the Broadway Sewer system.  When it rains, it can be up to 4 times as much clean water entering the sewer system.ay 3rd, 2016

Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is pleased to announce its formation of the Coalition for the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook 5.2.16.   This project of NYC Parks is vitally important to the Park, the community and the City’s efforts to better manage stormwater and flooding.  Water from Van Cortlandt Lake enters the Broadway sewer at a rate of 4 to 5 million gallons of water per day — and that’s on a dry day. This clean water is then treated – for no reason- at the Wards Island Stormwater Treatment Plant.  Adding unnecessary water to sewage treatment plants produces more sewage overflows during rain events.  Often when it rains, the combination of sewage, street runoff and the brook enters the combined sewer, bypassing the treatment plant and flowing directly into the Harlem River. This one Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), WI-056, connected to the Broadway sewer makes up more than half of the CSO water entering the Harlem River. Daylighting will remove this clean water from the sewer and help to reduce CSO occurrences on the Harlem River and help with flooding issues along Broadway and other areas of the Tibbetts Brook Watershed. Daylighting Tibbetts Brook is one of the key projects in the Van Cortlandt Park 2034 Master Plan which the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is currently working on and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park enthusiastically supports. Read more »