Cass Gallagher, Part 2

The second post in our three part series on Cass Gallagher.  Matthew Melore shares with us some of Cass Galllagher’s thoughts on the Bronx of her times and how many of the issues are still relevant today. The Bronx has changed a great deal since the day Cass Gallagher helped found the first Friends of […] Read more »

Cass Gallagher, The Original Friend of VCP, Part 1

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park present a three part series on the original Friend of Van Cortlandt Park- Cass Gallagher.  Here is the first in the series.  Matthew Melore gives an overview of Cass Gallagher’s role in the Park and why a trail is named after her. Cass […] Read more »

FVCP Testimony for the NYC City Council Parks Committee Preliminary FY16 Budget Hearing

This afternoon, Friends’ Executive Director, Christina Taylor gave the following testimony to the NYC City Council Parks Committee on the Preliminary FY 16 Budget. “Good afternoon. Thank you for allowing me to testify. My name is Christina Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. First of all, I […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- March 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are excited to announce our March 2015 Friend of the Month — Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. Assemblyman Dinowitz has represented our beloved Park for almost all of the Friends’ existence. Jeff has always been a strong and vocal supporter of green space — especially Van Cortlandt Park. We always appreciate […] Read more »

John Kieran Trail: Upcoming Projects

Our previous blog post highlighted the beauty that can be found along the John Kieran Nature Trail, and the great man it has been named after. Now we would like to share with you some of the updates that the Friends would like to see along the trail within the upcoming years, while keeping its […] Read more »

John Kieran: The Man & The Trail

The John Kieran trail is a magical sliver of dirt trail right in our very own Van Cortlandt Park. Surrounded by wetlands, forest, grasses and an abandoned rail road track, the trail makes for great exploration and viewing of the natural wildlife living within the park. Various trees, animals and plant life can be found […] Read more »

FVCP Welcomes Newest NYC Civic Corps Member

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to welcome our newest NYC Civic Corp member- Matthew Melore. The NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service, unites a diverse group of professionals to serve full-time with partner organizations, working to increase their organizational capacity to engage volunteers and build sustainable volunteer initiatives. […] Read more »

Wetland Restoration Efforts in Our Park

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park would like to tell you about our new wetland restoration effort in Van Cortlandt Park.  We hope you will join us in making a pledge to preserve our wetlands. Seen a group working in the wetlands surrounded by the pool, baseball fields and […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- February 2015

Enzo Ramirez is our Friend of the Month for February 2015. Enzo, in his sophomore year at In Tech Academy, began as a dedicated volunteer in our Garden and Compost site along with his father in the Spring of 2014. He then joined our Summer Trails Crew Internship and then our Fall Youth Run Farm […] Read more »

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 »