“The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy have spent the last two years working to create the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, a superior stewardship organization to guide the future of Van Cortlandt Park and the implementation of the 2034 Master Plan. For years, the Friends and the Conservancy have worked independently to restore, beautify, and support free programming in Van Cortlandt Park, the crown jewel of the Bronx. Our shared interests have now led us to combine our efforts. In the coming months, we will be officially launching the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance.” Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Join us for this fun fundraiser on Saturday September 14th and come see why VCP is Where NYC Hikes.
Hikes start at 2pm: Hikers will have the option to go on a 4-5 mile hike throughout the park OR a 2 mile leisurely nature or history hikes. All hikes will be led by guides and take about 2 hours. All registered participants will receive a VCPA t-shirt.
Oktoberfest is from 4-7pm: Attendees will receive a Hike-toberfest Souvenir Mug, eat German Food by Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten and enjoy local beers served by the Bronx Beer Hall. Yard games will be setup to challenge your friends as you hang out on the Van Cortlandt House Museum Lawn.
Tickets on sale now and use discount code “Early Bird Special” for 10% off through August 23rd.
Cross Country Trail Maintainer Wanted
We are hiring Cross Country Trail Maintainers who will report directly to a Crew Leader who is part of the Landscape Restoration Team in Van Cortlandt Park. Tasks include excavating, leveling trail substrates, retrenching and resetting water bars, clearing swales, and correcting trip hazards.
Show Your Support for Daylighting Tibbetts Brook
Water from Van Cortlandt Lake enters the Broadway sewer at a rate of 4 to 5 million gallons of water per day — and that’s on a dry day. This water is then treated – for no reason- at the Wards Island Stormwater Treatment Plant. Often when it rains, the combination of sewage, street runoff and the brook enters the combined sewer, bypassing the treatment plant and flowing directly into the Harlem River. This one Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), WI-056, connected to the Broadway sewer makes up more than half of the CSO water entering the Harlem River. Daylighting will remove this clean water from the sewer and help to reduce CSO occurrences on the Harlem River and help with flooding issues along Broadway and other areas of the Tibbetts Brook Watershed.
The Friends of VCP have joined forces with the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality to create a Coalition for the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook. As of May 2018, Bronx Community Board 7, Bronx Community Board 8, The Bronx is Blooming, City as a Living Lab (CALL), Councilman Andrew Cohen, NYS Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot Engel, Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association, Kingsbridge Business Improvement District, Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corp., Councilman Mark Levine, NYS Senator Jeffrey Klein, The Natural Areas Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, NYC H2O, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Riverkeeper, S.W.IM. Coalition, the Trust for Public Land, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and Wave Hill have signed on. If your group would like to sign on please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Individuals may add their support by signing our online Free Tibbetts Brook petition. Check out this short video from BronxNet to learn more about daylighting of Tibbetts Brook. Watch this short video produced by Bronx Net to learn more.
Master Plan for Van Cortlandt Park
NYC Parks recently finalized a comprehensive Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan that will guide the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s natural beauty and provide solutions for the needs of all neighboring communities. The Master Plan charts clear courses of action to restore and improve this unique property. The Master Plan is intended to coordinate efforts over the next twenty years between agencies, nonprofit partners, elected officials and community groups to complete capital projects in Van Cortlandt Park. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park look forward to helping to implement projects in this plan over the next 20 years.
Watch this Video & Learn about the Friends
Thank you to Next Round Productions for creating this wonderful video for us. Very special thank you to Partnerships for Parks for helping to fund the video!
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Our EIN is 13-3843182.