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In The Park

  • Get Green, Get Active, Get Smart, Get Paid

    Our Urban Ecology Teen Internship is open for enrollment. If you have an interest in the environment and are willing to work hard physically and academically, this may be your calling. Click here for an application. ...

  • Spring 2016: Forest Restoration Volunteer Days

    Dust off those hiking boots and shake off the cold. Time to get your hands dirty…volunteer with us. All are welcome to help restore VCP's forest. Students earn community service hours. VIEW FLYER!  Primavera 2016: Dias Voluntarios de Restauración Forestal Los invitamos a desempolvar esas botas de...

Gala 2016: Growing Teens in Van Cortlandt Park

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Click HERE for all gala information.

  • The Park
    Van Cortlandt Park, 1,146 acres covering ridges and valleys of the Northwest Bronx, is New York City’s fourth largest park. Van Cortlandt was established as a park in 1888 and is home to the country’s first public golf course, the oldest house in the Bronx, and the borough’s largest freshwater lake.
  • The Conservancy
    In 2009, a group of devoted supporters founded the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, a new non–profit group dedicated to the stewardship of this unique urban oasis.
  • 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.


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.



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.