We are bringing "the world" together! One of the most popular sports in the world – cricket – has found a home in Van Cortlandt Park. On Sunday, May 5th the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy celebrated the opening of 10 new and refurbished cricket fields – the largest cricket complex in the U.S!
According to Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner of NYC Parks, "Fifteen years ago, we were adapting to soccer, now we're beginning to see cricket. As the city changes dramatically, you adapt. You have new immigrant communities, and we're definitely building more pitches (the center of the field)."
Van Cortlandt Park has become the place for anyone, from anywhere in the world, to come and do what they love to do and, best of all, to share their experience with new friends from other nations. You can play golf on the golf course, bring your dog to the dog run, ride a horse from the stables, take a challenging cross country run or a guided bird or nature walk, learn new dance steps at "Barefoot Dancing," bring your family and friends for a Sunday picnic or ice skate in the winter—or just come, relax, and watch a cricket match or a soccer game. It is all right here!
As you can imagine, making all of this accessible takes a lot of work and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy is committed to ensuring that everyone, from everywhere, feels welcome in the park. Reopening the cricket fields is but one example of our response to the wishes of our community for this regional park.
Van Cortlandt Park, one of New York City's great flagship parks, is your park. The Conservancy is here to make everyone aware of what is possible here. But, we cannot do it alone – please join us in the Park's continuing evolution by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy this spring and every spring. To give online just click here or mail your gift to VCPark, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, NY 10462.
Margot Perron, President
P.S. Cricket is played every fair-weather Sunday afternoon on the Parade Ground. Check it out in the park if you haven't watched it before or just read the New York Times and Wall Street Journal's coverage of the opening event!