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 »

Join us for the 20th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up

  The Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces will hold the 20th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up on Saturday February 22nd, 2014 from 11am to 5pm in the Faculty Dining Room of the Music Building of Lehman College.  The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are proud to have played a role in this event […] Read more »

Registration is Now Open for 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park hope you will join us for our 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon and help us make it the most successful one yet on Saturday April 26th, 2014.  Get out for a hike and help us raise funds for the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s spectacular hiking trails.  Similar to a Walk-a-Thon, […] Read more »

5 Resolutions for 2014 from the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

We are so excited for the new year, that we are making our resolutions a little early this year.  The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are looking forward to all that 2014 will bring as we continue to Bring Youth, Community and Nature Together.  For this new year, we are making the following five resolutions: […] Read more »

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Top 10 Accomplishments in 2013

This year, we expanded our community outreach; partnering with several new groups and continuing to work with old friends. Here are our top 10 accomplishments (in no particular order): 1.) We worked on garden, forest, and trail restoration projects with 1,100 volunteers. 2.) We brought 1,600 students into the park though our Van Cortlandt Adventures […] Read more »

Help Wanted: The Friends are Hiring

Van Cortlandt Park contains 1,146 acres of forest, wetlands, lake and open space with over 20 miles of hiking trails.  In 2009, the Friends hired the New York/ New Jersey Trail Conference (NY/NJTC) to complete a Trails Plan for various hiking trails in the Park.  We have begun implementing these projects over the last few […] Read more »