Sunday, March 5, 2017

Friends of VCP's March 2017 Enewsletter

Happy Feels Like Spring!  Signs up spring are popping up all over the Park.  Our spring event season kicks off on April 1st. Our April events are listed below and please visit our Events Page to see all of our Spring 2017 Events.

We are sad to report that the Birding Bridge on the John Kieran Trail that provides us with the beautiful view below will be CLOSED. For safety related concerns, NYC Parks has closed the birding bridge indefinitely. The Friends will work closely with NYC Parks to develop a permanent resolution. For now, the golf course side of the bridge will remain open.  We are looking into all possible solutions and will keep you posted on the status.
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Throughout 2017, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary of 
Bringing Youth, Community & Nature Together in Van Cortlandt Park with special events.  One way to help support our 2017 efforts is by becoming a Bronx Pass Member.  

Hope to see you in the Park!  
Christina and all of your Friends at the Friends of VCP

      Friends of VCP's April Events

John Muir Trail Clean Up Day
Saturday April 1st meeting at 10am
The John Muir Trail could use a little TLC. Join us for a walk along the trail as we collect garbage and clean up the trail for the spring.
Meet at the Garden & Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue.

Urban Environmental Challenge 10K
Sunday April 2nd meeting at 10am
Van Cortlandt Track Club presents a real trail race in New York City! Prepare for a rugged, technical trail race in historic Van Cortlandt Park in the heart of the Bronx. In the case of bad weather, the race goes on!   Stay for the half-mile children’s race at 11:30 am. Proceeds from the race will goes to trail maintenance efforts of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  To register visit

Food Scrap Drop-Off 
Tuesdays April 4th to May 30th from 4pm to 6pm 
We want to use your food scraps to make compost and grow veggies at the Van Cortlandt Park Garden and Compost Site. This site will be operated by the NYC Compost Project hosted by The New York Botanical Garden. For more information about NYC food scrap drop-off site guidelines, e-mail compost(at)
Held at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.

Get Active Hiking Series
Second Saturday of Each Month at 10am
This is a great opportunity to learn about the ecology and the history of the Park. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack for the hike.
April 8th, meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street): Tibbetts Wetland Tour led by our Wetland Internship for a Healthier Bronx Interns.

Woodlawn Clean Up Days
SaturdayApril 8th and June 10th meeting at 10am
Join us and Women of Woodlawn for hands-on service projects to improve the Northeast Corner of Van Cortlandt Park around Woodlawn Playground.
Meet in front of Woodlawn Playground on Van Cortlandt Park East just south of Oneida Avenue.

Earth Day Volunteer Event
Saturday April 22nd meeting at 10am
Join us on Earth Day to volunteer for one of two projects in Van Cortlandt Park.
Garden & Compost Site Prep for Planting Season: meet at the Garden & Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.
Trail Restoration Project: meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street)

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