Press Release: Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Secure Funding Projects in Our Trails Plan

For Immediate Release

September 10th, 2014

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Secure Funding Projects in Our Trails Plan

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) have secured $542,388 in state grants to implement two of the remaining projects in the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Trails Plan at our request. Specifically, the John Kieran Trail and the John Muir Trail will receive upgrades and improvements that will help to better serve Park users and highlight and protect the Park’s unique natural resources by:
• Restoring the paths and naturalistic stairs on the John Muir trail which lead to the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Installing trail markers, as well as installing drainage swales along steeper sections of the trail to minimize erosion and ensure visitor safety.
• Restoring the John Kieran Trail with firm and stable paths that will allow ADA accessibility. Planting the lake shoreline and providing new trail markers.

In December of 2009, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference completed a Trails Plan for the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. The Trails Plan is a strategic plan aimed at making the Park’s 20 plus miles of hiking trails more sustainable, better suited to serving the park users, and better able to highlight and protect the Park’s unique natural resources. The Trails Plan has been incorporated into the 20 year Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park which NYC Parks recently completed.

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are thankful to State Senator Jeff Klein for securing these much needed funds. “The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have been implementing smaller projects in our Trails Plan over the last five years working with volunteers and interns,” said Christina Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, “This funding will allow two of the major remaining projects to be completed and help us reach our goal of making Van Cortlandt Park a premier location for outdoor recreation in New York City.”

“Van Cortlandt Park is a Bronx treasure. I am pleased that I was able to secure funding in this year’s state budget that will help enhance the park’s natural attraction as a hiking destination for New Yorkers. With upgrades and improvements to the John Kiernan and John Muir Nature Trails we’ll better serve Park visitors and continue to expand and highlight the Park’s unique natural resources,” said State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

For more information, contact Christina Taylor of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park at 718-601-1460 or christina@vancortlandt.org.

 

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