25th Anniversary of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2017. Founded in 1992, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is an independent community based organization that actively promotes the conservation and improvement of Van Cortlandt Park, the third largest park in NYC, through environmental […] 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 […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- December 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our December 2015 Friend of the Month- Mike Zamm. Mike is GrowNYC‘s Director of Environmental Education who has over 45 years of experience in NYC schools designing and teaching topics related to the environment and sustainability. Mike Zamm is one of our key partners for […] Read more »

Beginning a Bright Future for the Wetlands in VCP

Only two months into our Wetlands Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx Program and we are already seeing a great amount of support and participation. For those of you who do not know, it is a program that brings together water quality testing within Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake, restoration and maintenance within 5 acres […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

FVCP Testimony on “The State of Natural Areas Under the Care of the Parks Department

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Executive Director, Christina Taylor, presented the following testimony at NYC Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation hearing on “The State of Natural Areas Under the Care of the Parks Department” on Tuesday December 16th, 2014. “Good morning. Thank you for inviting me to testify. My name is Christina Taylor and […] 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 »

Friends to Honor Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Planner for NYC Parks

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is joining with The Van Cortlandt House Museum to present A Picnic Supper & Concert in Van Cortlandt Park with the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday July 15, 2014 starting at 6pm.  Tickets for the event start at $100 and are available for purchase online. Our guests will enjoy: […] Read more »