Completion of a New Entrance to VCP

For Immediate Release October 9th, 2018 Completion of a New Entrance at West 261st Street and the VCP Master Plan 2034 The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) is pleased to announce the completion of a new entrance into Van Cortlandt Park at West 261st Street and Broadway.  FVCP is indebted to Councilman Andrew Cohen […] Read more »

Restoring Canopy Gaps in Van Cortlandt Park

One of the intriguing questions of modern ecology is what set of principles dictate the structure of plant communities and what factors contribute to the heterogeneity of forest biodiversity. One mechanism in NYC forests are canopy gaps. A canopy is represented by the photosynthetic parts, the leaves, of the largest trees in a forest. A […] Read more »

Press Release- Tree Plantings Ceremony for FVCP Founders

Tree Plantings Ceremony for Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Founders Monday April 16th at 1pm Van Cortlandt House Museum The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) celebrated 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 […] Read more »

Testimony for FY19 Parks Budget Hearing

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Executive Director gave the following testimony at the NYC City Council Parks Committee Preliminary FY19 Budget Hearing on Tuesday March 27th, 2018. 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 […] Read more »

Launch of the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

On the evening of Tuesday March 7th 2017, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) hosted over 80 attendees in the Kelly Commons Building of Manhattan College to officially launch the Coalition for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook.  Attendees included elected officials, representatives of Coalition members, FVCP Bronx Pass Members, FVCP Board of Directors and others.  At […] Read more »

25 Influential Women for the Friends

Over the last 25 years, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have grown and evolved thanks to the influence of many women. In honor of Women’s History Month and the Friends’ 25th Anniversary, we would like to share this list of 25 Influential Women for the Friends. This list is in no particular order and […] 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 »

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 »

The Pedestrian Bridge: A Broken Promise, Finally Made Right

On the afternoon May 8th, 2015, a press conference was held in the parking lot of Shandler Recreation Area to announce that $12 million has been allocated for a pedestrian bridge that will span the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) and finally bring the western and eastern halves of the Park together. The Pedestrian Bridge is […] Read more »