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 »

My Experience with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The week, we have a guest blogger- Chris Petitt is a community member and past volunteer with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  We are thankful for his volunteer efforts and for sharing his experience with us. “My decision to support Van Cortlandt Park as a volunteer was inspired by my daughter; the spirit of […] 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 »

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 »