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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Friend of the Month- April 2014

Hana Turner is our April 2014 Friend of the Month.  Although, Hana is a relatively new volunteer with the Friends she has dedicated many hours to volunteering with us over the last year.  Hana is an avid park user who lives in the community and is a senior at Fieldston High School.   Hana has volunteered […] Read more »