Thursday, September 1, 2016

Friends of VCP's September 2016

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As you may recall, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have been conducting weekly water quality monitoring in Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Park for over 8 months now and will continue until we have at least a year's worth of data.  This data has been helping us pinpoint sources of contamination into our precious waterway and we have begun reporting these in order to help protect the water.  In August, the Friends reported to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation what we believe to be an illicit discharge into Tibbetts Brook within Yonkers.  Within a few weeks of our report, the City of Yonkers was able to locate a few sources of sewage seeping into the stormwater pipe which was discharging into Tibbetts Brook and have scheduled a work order to fix the cracks in the system.  The Friends will continue to monitor this site to determine if any positive results are received. We hope our efforts of being a watchdog for Tibbetts Brook will in the long run create a healthier ecosystem.

In addition, to the water quality monitoring we are continuing our ongoing educational and stewardship programs that introduce thousands of people to Van Cortlandt Park and all it has to offer.  We have lots of great events planned for the the general public this fall.  Check out the list below and visit our website for a full listing of upcoming events.

Hope to see you in the Park!

Christina and all of your Friends at the Friends of VCP

Hike-toberfest 2016
Saturday October 1st from 2pm to 7pm
Hike, Eat, Drink & Celebrate with Friends during our new fun fundraiser for the hiking trails of Van Cortlandt Park.  Come see why VCP is Where NYC Hikes.  Hikes start at 2pm and the Oktoberfest is from 4-7pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets to one or both of the activities  Tickets sold in advance will be discounted.  Hikes will start at and Oktoberfest will be held on the grounds of the Van Cortlandt House Museum- enter the Park at Broadway and W. 246th Street.  Special thank you to our main sponsors: Bronx Beer Hall, Food Dynasty, Loreleye Restaurant & Biergarten and the Van Cortlandt House Museum.


Get Active Hiking Series in VCP
Saturday September 10th meeting at 10am 
Please wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack for a hike in the Northwest Woods. meet at FVCP Compost Site (enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave).

Fall Wetland Volunteers Days
Saturday September 10th meeting at 10am
Did you know there are only 98 acres of freshwater wetlands left in the Bronx and 56 of them are in Van Cortlandt Park? Volunteers will help conduct a Bio Survey of the wetlands- bring a notepad, pen, binoculars, camera and any field guides you have (we will supply some too). Meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.

Fall Kickoff Volunteer Event
Saturday September 17th, meeting at 10am
Join us as we kickoff a season of volunteering with projects throughout Van Cortlandt Park:
Garden & Compost Site Weeding & Harvesting: Meet at the Garden & Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.
Woodlawn Northeast Forest Restoration: Meet at Van Cortlandt Park East and Kepler Avenue.
Wetland Restoration Project: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Nature Center – enter the Park at Broadway and W. 246th Street.

Canoemobile in VCP 
Saturday October 15th, from 12-4pm
Join the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park for a fun afternoon of FREE canoe rides in 24 foot Voyageur Canoes with Wilderness Inquiry on VC Lake along with Wetland Tours and Children’s Activities.  Children, 17 and under, must have a parent/guardian present to sign a consent form. Meet us at VC Lake near the Golf House- enter the Park at Van Cortlandt Park South and Bailey Ave.

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