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 »

Happy New Year & Updates from the Friends

2015 promises to be an extraordinarily exciting year for the park. NYC Parks has just finalized a 20 year Master Plan for improvements to the Park. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are committed to working with the Parks Department, the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and elected officials to determine how to fund and implement […] 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 »

Making a Healthier Connection between Van Cortlandt Lake and the Harlem River

Article by Harlem River BOA Interns: Megan Joskow and Sebastian Valcarcel Before the American Revolution, Jacobus Van Cortlandt (purchaser of most of the land that is now Van Cortlandt Park), created the Van Cortlandt Lake in the 1690’s for a gristmill. As time passed and technology changed, the mill closed down and along with the […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- November 2014

We are happy to announce that our November 2014 Friend of the Month is Geraldine McCleave. Geraldine is relatively new force in the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park world but she is quickly making her presence known. As a Woodlawn resident, she is advocating for improvements in the Northeast Corner of the Park. She is […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- October 2014

We are happy to announce that our October 2014 Friend of the Month is Eve Proper. Eve has been a regular Trails Restoration Crew Volunteer for over 2 years now. In addition, to volunteering monthly with the Trails Crew, Eve has attended several forest restoration volunteer days and was one of our biggest fundraisers for […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »