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 »

The Friends Welcome our New Program Assistant

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park recently added another new staff member- Marisol Diaz is our new part-time Program Assistant.  Ms Diaz, a Peruvian native, is currently a post-baccalaureate student in Columbia University in Conservation Biology. She focuses on interdisciplinary approaches between ecology, social sciences, and education to encourage community-driven conservation initiatives focusing on coastal […] Read more »

The Friends’ Welcome John Butler as our Trails Project Manager

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park would like to welcome our newest staff person- John Butler.  John will be working with us through the end of the year as our Trails Project Manager- a brand new position with the Friends. John Butler is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in […] Read more »

Press Release: Creating a Bridge to Re-Unite Neighbors 3.29.14

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release* Creating A Pedestrian Bridge to Re-Unite Neighbors: A Broken Promise that We Will Make Right Saturday, March 29th, 2014 Van Cortlandt Park The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Bronx Community Board 8 are hosting a Rally to highlight a broken link and a broken promise in Van Cortlandt Park: […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- March 2014

We are happy to announce that our March 2014 Friend of the Month is Bob Bender, Parks Committee Chair of Bronx Community Board 8.  He has been a devoted supporter of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park for many years and in many ways.  Currently, Bob has been actively working with the Friends to organize […] Read more »

Bronx Parks Deserve Their Fair Share

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Executive Director recently was a guest blogger on Bronx Health REACH‘s blog.   The blog entitled “Bronx Parks Deserve Their Fair Share” is a timely issue as 6 weeks into the new NYC Mayor’s administration we eagerly await to hear who will be the next NYC Parks Commissioner.   What do […] Read more »

Friends are Hiring a Part-time Program Assistant

Last April, Tina Walsh joined the Friends as our new Part-time Program Assistant.  While at the Friends, Tina assisted in running our educational and volunteer programs and coordinate our school year Environmental Internship which is currently in progress and spearheaded our new Summer Teen Trails Crew Internship last July and August.  Tina will be leaving […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- February 2014

The Friends are excited to announce that our February 2014 Friend of the Month is our good friend Chrissy Word.   Chrissy is the Director of Public Programs and Community Partnerships at Rocking the Boat.  However, we work mostly with her at our Garden & Compost Site and during our teacher workshops while she is wearing […] Read more »

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s 2013 Accomplishments

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park had a wonderful year in 2013 and are looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.  Please take a moment to watch this video highlighting some of our 2013 accomplishments.  Special thank you to Asa Aarons for taking several of these photos.  Special thank you to Tina Walsh for making […] Read more »