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 »

John Muir Trail: Upcoming Projects

The John Muir trail, established back in 1997 through a joint effort of the Van Cortlandt Park Rangers and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park interns, is currently the only east-west traversing trail in the Park connecting Woodlawn to Riverdale. A couple of short sections of the trail wind along and below the Henry Hudson […] Read more »

John Muir: The Man & The Trail

John Muir was famous for his contribution to naturalism in the 1800’s. He was one of the founding members of the Sierra Club, a major environmental organization that is still prevalent today. A famous 211 hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada is named after him, but if you are not to canny on flying out […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- April 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our April Friend of the Month- Michael Alfano. Michael was an intern with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Environmental Internship program for two consecutive years and the summer in between while in high school. Today, Michael is back working in Van Cortlandt Park as […] 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 »

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 »