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In The Park

  • Spring/Summer Calendar 2015

    Read about all the exciting events happening in the park this spring and summer!

  • Barefoot Dancing

    Kick off your shoes and dance on the lush Van Cortlandt House Lawn. For more information, click here.

  • Zumba

    July 7 - August 25 grab your friends and get moving to reach your fitness goals and meet East of Memorial Grove with certified instructor Noelia Coiscou in this 8-week series of FREE Zumba...

  • SummerStage Kids

    Bring your kids to VCP's playgrounds and enjoy our music, sing-along, and live animals events throughout July & August

  • Pool Hours

    VC Pool is located at 242nd Street & Broadway and is open daily through Sept. 7! Free swim times: 11 am - 3 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm.

  • 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.