Registration is Open for 6th Annual Hike-a-thon

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Hike-a-Thon which will take place on Saturday April 25th, 2015 at 10am. Here’s your chance to get out for a hike and help raise funds for the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s spectacular hiking trails. Similar to a Walk-a-Thon, we are asking you to seek out supporters […] Read more »

Friends Wrap Up Another Successful Year!

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park just wrapped up another successful year (our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th). We would like to thank everyone who supported us in different ways. Whether you made a monetary donation, volunteered your time or participated in one of our programs you helped us achieve great […] Read more »

The Seven Wonders of Van Cortlandt Park

The John Muir Nature Trail was selected for several reasons, including that it is the only east to west trail in the Park, the Friends helped to create it and it had recently been beautifully restored with the addition of stone steps. Park users were able to determine the remaining six wonders. Seven Wonders attendees […] 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 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 »

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s 2013 Accomplishments

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park had a wonderful year in 2013 and are looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.  Please take a moment to watch this video highlighting some of our 2013 accomplishments.  Special thank you to Asa Aarons for taking several of these photos.  Special thank you to Tina Walsh for making […] Read more »

Registration is Now Open for 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park hope you will join us for our 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon and help us make it the most successful one yet on Saturday April 26th, 2014.  Get out for a hike and help us raise funds for the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s spectacular hiking trails.  Similar to a Walk-a-Thon, […] Read more »

5 Resolutions for 2014 from the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

We are so excited for the new year, that we are making our resolutions a little early this year.  The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are looking forward to all that 2014 will bring as we continue to Bring Youth, Community and Nature Together.  For this new year, we are making the following five resolutions: […] Read more »

Help Wanted: The Friends are Hiring

Van Cortlandt Park contains 1,146 acres of forest, wetlands, lake and open space with over 20 miles of hiking trails.  In 2009, the Friends hired the New York/ New Jersey Trail Conference (NY/NJTC) to complete a Trails Plan for various hiking trails in the Park.  We have begun implementing these projects over the last few […] Read more »