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Van Cortlandt Park Selected for Parks Without Borders

Van Cortlandt Park Selected for Parks Without Borders

For Immediate ReleaseMay 24th, 2016 The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce that Van Cortlandt Park has been selected as one of 8 NYC Parks for the new Parks Without Borders initiative.  The new Parks Without Borders initiative focuses on three areas of the park: entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces. This new design approach will help unify park spaces with the neighborhoods they serve. NYC Parks collected more than 6,100 suggestions for improving 691 parks, which is more than a third of the parks and playgrounds in the city!  They listened to feedback and ideas for improving...

The Pedestrian Bridge: A Broken Promise, Finally Made Right

The Pedestrian Bridge: A Broken Promise, Finally Made Right

On the afternoon May 8th, 2015, a press conference was held in the parking lot of Shandler Recreation Area to announce that $12 million has been allocated for a pedestrian bridge that will span the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87) and finally bring the western and eastern halves of the Park together. The Pedestrian Bridge is one of three bridges that are identified in the 2014 Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan to connect our divided park and undo decades of damage caused by highways that divided the park. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have advocated for funding for this first...

Making a Healthier Connection between Van Cortlandt Lake and the Harlem River

Making a Healthier Connection between Van Cortlandt Lake and the Harlem River

Article by Harlem River BOA Interns: Megan Joskow and Sebastian Valcarcel Before the American Revolution, Jacobus Van Cortlandt (purchaser of most of the land that is now Van Cortlandt Park), created the Van Cortlandt Lake in the 1690’s for a gristmill. As time passed and technology changed, the mill closed down and along with the lake was taken over by the local native fauna. By 1961, the lake had become polluted due to leakage upstream and killing thousands of fishes. Many years later, efforts to restore the lake were undertaken. Including restocking the lake’s fish population, dredging the lake, installing...