Monday, July 1, 2013

Friends of VCP's July 2013 Enewsletter

Happy Summer!

We just wrapped up a busy spring and have lots of exciting projects and events taking place in the Park this summer. 

This spring we started working on the expan7.22.13-a 3sion of our Garden & Compost Site.  With the support of New York Restoration Project our new raised bed was built and then planted by volunteers from Outdoor Rise.  This summer, everyone is welcome to volunteer with us to woodchip the site, build a compost bin and tend to our vegetables. 

We are happy to announce that the
IMG_1160Friends will be running two internships for youth this summer.  The first is our Youth Run Farm Stand Internship thanks to the support of the Partnership for a Healthier NYC and NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets FreshConnect program.   Our second one is a Summer Teen Trail Crew Internship thanks to the support of Lush Charity Pot.

We have lots of other exciting events and programs scheduled for the next few months.  See below for all of our summer events.

See you in the Park!

Garden Crew
Tuesdays, July 9th -August 27th from 10am-1pm
The Friends are celebrating a brand new extension to our garden during the 2013 season! More space means more to be done. Help care for our vegetable beds (where all of our produce will be donated to local food pantries and sold at our Youth Run Farm Stand), weed, and make compost. Bring water and sunscreen.
Held at Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Compost & Garden Site.  Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave.

Youth Run Farm Stands
Wednesdays from 4-7pm from July 10th- August 28th
3965 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY 10463

Thursdays from 1-7pm from July 11th- November 21st
111 E. 210th Street at Montefiore Hospital.  This site is being held in partnership with GrowNYC.


Thursdays, July 11th – August 29th from 11am-1pm
Recycle used and natural materials into new creations at Classic Playground.  Projects include wearable crafts, repurposed items, and creative ways to look at nature.
Enter the Park at Van Cortlandt Park South and Gouvernuer Ave.

Volunteer Trails Restoration Crew
Second Saturdays of the Month from July to December 2013 from 10am to 3pm
Want to develop useful skills, while making a significant contribution to the future of Van Cortlandt Park and the Bronx Community?  Crew Members will work alongside trails professionals, developing skills in various areas of trail construction while improving the various trails in Van Cortlandt Park.  Projects include building boardwalks, clearing waterbars and drainage swells and installing drainage dips.  No prior trails experience is necessary.  All crew members must register online by July 10th.

Picnic Supper & Concert in Van Cortlandt Park with the New York Philharmonic
Tuesday July 16th from 6pm to 10:30pm
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are very excited to be partnering with the The Van Cortlandt Committee of The National Society of  Colonial Dames in the State of New York to celebrate and honor Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. and George A. Nelson on the evening of the New York Philharmonic in Van Cortlandt Park.   Our guests will enjoy: Picnic Supper under a tent on the lawn of Van Cortlandt House Museum, Reserved V.I.P. seating on chairs for the New York Philharmonic Concert on the Parade Ground and Round-trip transportation from Manhattan or Free Parking in Manhattan College Parking Garage.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.  Please RSVP by Tuesday July 9th.

City of Water Day in Van Cortlandt Park
Saturday July 20th, 2013 from 10am-1pm
Join the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park as we participate in the Metropolitian Waterfront Alliance’s city-wide event celebrating the waterfront.  At Van Cortlandt Lake, we will have hands-on activities: using dipnets to collect aquatic invertebrate, craft projects and a hike around the lake.  Outdoor fun for all ages! 
Enter the park at Van Cortlandt Park South and Bailey Avenue and meet us near the Van Cortlandt Golf House. 

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