Friend of the Month- Sept. 2014

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are excited to announce our September 2014 Friend of the Month- Bette Clark, President of the Van Cortlandt Track Club (VCTC). Earlier this month, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and the Van Cortlandt Track Club hosted the 2nd Annual B’Ramble- the first race in the Run for the […] 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 »

Friends’ Director of Programs Receives Environmental Educator Award

The first award was initiated in 1987 by one of BCEQ’s founders, Helen C. Reel, to honor civic-minded Bronx educators who demonstrate concern for posterity through their efforts to preserve the excellent, enhance the good, and upgrade the mediocre in our beautiful borough. Each year, BCEQ recognizes three individuals who have helped further the quest […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- June 2014

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce that our June 2014 Friend of the Month is Laura Carpenter Myers, the Director of the Van Cortlandt House Museum. The Friends’ are lucky to have been working with Laura for almost 20 years now (close to our entire existence). Laura has always been a […] Read more »

The Seven Wonders of Van Cortlandt Park

The John Muir Nature Trail was selected for several reasons, including that it is the only east to west trail in the Park, the Friends helped to create it and it had recently been beautifully restored with the addition of stone steps. Park users were able to determine the remaining six wonders. Seven Wonders attendees […] Read more »

Volunteers Close Unwanted Desire Path in Van Cortlandt Park

The warm and sunny weather of May 3rd welcomed multitudes of volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park.  One of these volunteer crews, consisting of students from John Jay College as well as Lehman College, teamed up with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and their hard-working Trails Crew to close a desire path running perpendicular between […] Read more »

My Experience with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The week, we have a guest blogger- Chris Petitt is a community member and past volunteer with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  We are thankful for his volunteer efforts and for sharing his experience with us. “My decision to support Van Cortlandt Park as a volunteer was inspired by my daughter; the spirit of […] Read more »

Press Release- 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon: Saturday April 26th

Like a Walk-a-Thon, Hike-a-Thon participants will sign up supporters to sponsor their hike. Participants will be able to choose from three routes—a family friendly one-mile loop on the John Kieran Trail, a medium 3 mile hike or a 5 mile excursion into the outer reaches of the Park. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) […] Read more »

Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan

The following has been taken from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s website- http://www.nycgovparks.org/park-facilties/van-cortlandt-park/master-plan. The Need for the Master Plan When Frederick Law Olmsted was mapping the streets of the Bronx in 1876, he proposed that New York City buy the Van Cortlandt family estate. He reported that, without doing any work, the property […] Read more »