We are happy to announce that our October 2014 Friend of the Month is Eve Proper. Eve has been a regular Trails Restoration Crew Volunteer for over 2 years now. In addition, to volunteering monthly with the Trails Crew, Eve has attended several forest restoration volunteer days and was one of our biggest fundraisers for this year’s Hike-a-Thon. We are thankful to have someone who is so dedicated to the Park be a part of our core volunteer group.
How and when did you get involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?
I started volunteering with the Friends trail crew in summer 2012. I had been active in trail volunteering before I moved to New York City and wanted to get back into it. If I remember correctly, my first event with the Friends was National Trails Day.
What is your favorite place in the Park?
I love the Northwest woods because, if you go on the right day, it’s possible to feel as if you are alone in the wilderness rather than in the middle of the city. However, the park has a lot of beautiful places, such as the lake and the Putnam Trail. As an amateur photographer, I find there are a lot of beautiful corners to explore.
What is your favorite memory of the Park or event you have participated in?
This past spring, I participated in the Hike-a-Thon for the first time. The leaves were just coming out, and it was the first time I had ever seen the weir or the waterfall. Plus, it was great to be a part of raising money to help the park.
Parks just completed a Master Plan for the Park, what improvements would you like to see in Van Cortlandt Park in the next 20 years?
Mostly I hike in the northwest woods, because it’s easy for me to get to and it has a lot of trails. It’s really not obvious how to get across the highways to other parts of the park. I’d been hiking in the park for two years before I ever saw the weir! I think the bridge across the Major Deegan is an important part of the plan that will enable users to safely and easily explore more of the park.