25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park This Summer

Get out and explore Van Cortlandt Park this summer. Photo by Asa Aarons.

Happy First Day of Summer! Here are 25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park This Summer (in no particular order). Get out and explore VCP this Summer!  Photo by Asa Aarons.

1.) Take a Rowboat Out on Van Cortlandt Lake
Fridays June 30th to September 1st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm-New Start Date of June 30th.
Village Community Boathouse will provide FREE rowing in their fleet of traditional wooden rowboats. Children under 18 years old need a parent present to sign waiver. Enter the park at Van Cortlandt Park South & Bailey Ave. Meet near the Lake.

2.) Visit the Oldest Building Still Standing in the Bronx
The Van Cortlandt House Museum, this Georgian style house, begun in 1748, was built of fieldstone by Frederick Van Cortlandt on the plantation that had been owned and farmed by his family since 1691. Visit www.vchm.org for more information.

3.) Volunteer at our Garden & Compost Site
Tuesdays, July 11th- August 22nd from 10am-1pm
Help care for our vegetable beds and compost bins. Bring water and sunscreen. Held at Friends’ Compost & Garden Site. Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave. Read more »

25 Plants in our Garden Beds

A young gardener with a large zucchini harvested from the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Garden and Compost Site in the Bronx, NY.Each year our Spring Garden Interns spend time planning what will grow in our garden for the season and develop a planting chart. Below are 25 plants Brendan, Vanessa, Blessing and Alexia decided to plant during our 25th Anniversary Year and some of the reasons they made their decisions!  All of the produce we grow is either used in cooking demonstrations at our Youth Run Farm Stand at Amalgamated Houses or is donated to Marble Hill Senior Center. Read more »

Friends to hold VIP Reception & NY Philharmonic Concert

For Immediate Release
May 23rd, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to hold VIP Reception & NY Philharmonic Concert

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park present A VIP Reception & New York Philharmonic Concert in Van Cortlandt Park with the New York Philharmonic on Tuesday June 13th, 2017 starting at 6:30pm.  Tickets for the event are $75 and are available for purchase online.  This year, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and this is one of many events in 2017 to commemorate the occasion.

Our guests will enjoy:

  • Pre-Concert Libations and Hors d’oeuvres under a tent on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum;
  • Reserved V.I.P. seating on chairs for the New York Philharmonic Concert on the Parade Ground; and,
  • Free parking in Manhattan College’s Parking Garage

Special thank you to our sponsors (to date):

Fieldston Property Owners
Lloyd’s Carrot Cake
Skyview Wine and Spirits

Sponsorship opportunities still available, please contact Christina@vancortlandt.org for details.

Please Note:
The New York Philharmonic reserves the right to cancel the performance due to inclement weather.  The VIP Reception will take place rain or shine, tickets will not be refunded.  For day-of information, visit www.vancortlandt.org or call 718-601-1460.

The New York Philharmonic Concert is a FREE event for the general public; however to enjoy VIP seats at the concert you must purchase tickets for the Friends’ VIP Reception.

Save the Date:  Friends of Van Cortlandt Park 25th Anniversary Gala will be held on the evening of Sunday October 15th, 2017 at the Van Cortlandt Golf Lake House.

For more information:

Christina Taylor, Executive Director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

Email: christina@vancortlandt.org

Phone: 718-601-1460.

Website: www.vancortlandt.org


25 Climate Change Solutions for Earth Day

Trash booms, like this one at the northern edge of the Park, placed across Tibbetts Brook help reduce the amount of trash that moves into the lake ecosystem.

Trash booms, like this one at the northern edge of the Park, placed across Tibbetts Brook help reduce the amount of trash that moves into the lake ecosystem.

As we get ready to celebrate another Earth Day in Van Cortlandt Park, we wanted to share a summary of 25 ways the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are working to address climate change within Van Cortlandt Park. The Friends are actively working on several of these but some are in the works to begin within the next year or so. As always, we welcome the support and assistance of the community so please let us know if you are interested in helping with any of these items. And why 25? If you haven’t heard, it’s our 25th Anniversary so 25 is a special number for us this year.

1. FVCP community gardening
Growing local produce in our garden to provide residents with locally grown food that reduces travel costs, green house gas emissions and creates green space.

2. Garden Education
Garden education at the FVCP garden promotes the necessary skills and knowledge to manage and maintain an urban garden and provides experience based learning for school groups often giving children their first experience with urban agriculture. By creating future gardeners FVCP is ensuring the establishment of local green spaces critical for fighting climate change. Read more »

Press Release- Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Launches First Annual Discovery Hunt

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Launches First Annual Discovery Hunt

“Are you ready, get set, discover!”

So ends the just issued call by the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park launching the first ever Van Cortlandt Park Discovery Hunt. Open to all, contestants are challenged to solve 10 of 12 clues identifying various locations in the Park, photograph themselves at that location and submit their photos and identifying information to the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. The contest launched April 7th and contestants have until May 15th to submit their solved clues and photos. Read more »

Press Release- Friends of VCP Welcomes New Board Members

For Immediate Release
April 10th, 2017

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Welcomes New Board Members

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is pleased to announce that over the last few months four new members have joined our Board of Directors: Susan Baldwin, Karel Littman, Jessica Loeser and Howie Waldman.  This is especially exciting as we our celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year with a variety of special events throughout the year.

Friends of Van Cortlandt Parks Newest Board Members:

Susan Baldwin: An Associate Broker for Robert E. Hill, Inc., Susan is recognized as one of Riverdale’s most successful and respected real estate professionals. With over 25 years of real estate sales and marketing experience,

Karel Littman: Executive Director of the South Broadway Business Improvement District (BID) a 501c3 not-for-profit organization established to enhance and promote this Yonkers Main Street as a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Jessica Loeser: Special Counsel for Goldstein Hall whose practice is concentrated in Land Use Law, Zoning, Real Estate Transactions, and Landmarks Preservation.

Howie Waldman: Green Dean (since 2008) and Teacher (since 1998) 9th grade biology, science research, evolution, animal behavior, and City Semester at Ethical Fieldston Culture School. Read more »