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In The Park

  • Urban Ecology Teen Internship Application

    We are currently seeking Bronx high school students for our 7-week paid internship program in the park. Teens will learn about their local environment through academic classes at CUNY Lehman College and hands-on work in Van Cortlandt Park woods. Click for the teen internship page....

  • Big Changes Coming!

    Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have spent the last two years working to create a superior stewardship organization to guide the future of Van Cortlandt Park and the implementation of the 2034 master plan. Click here...

  • Donate to VCPC
    To support its mission VCPC relies partly on City funding but mostly on individual and corporate donations. Consider making a secure contribution today.
  • The Park


Van Cortlandt Park, in the northwest Bronx, is a natural showcase featuring the last vestiges of New York City's native woodlands. It's 1,146 acres abound with sites that are important to the region and the nation.

Among the most popular attractions in the park is the Van Cortlandt Lake, the largest body of freshwater in the Bronx. Its upper basin can be appreciated from the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, which itself made history as the nation's first municipal golf course when it opened in 1895. Van Cortlandt Park is also home to the Van Cortlandt House Museum, Van Cortlandt Nature Center, and a number of amenities such as various sports fields, running trails, a multi-use stadium, a pool, and the Riverdale Stables. 

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2009 as a public/private partnership with New York City Parks Department. The Conservancy provides educational and cultural programming as well as staffing to enhance the Park’s woodlands, fields, playgrounds, and ball fields. Van Cortlandt Park, serving an estimated 2.5 million people annually, is the third largest park in New York City—a “living classroom” and a quality-of-life hub in the Bronx. 

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy’s mission is to sustain and enhance the park as a vibrant destination for recreation, leisure and the enjoyment of natural landscapes.





Park Closing Hours:

Van Cortlandt Park: 10:00 P.M.

Playgrounds: Dusk

Allen Shandler Parking Lot: 7:00 P.M.

VC Golf House Parking Lot: 9:00 P.M.