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 »

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 »