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.
Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy (VCPC), a 501(c)3 organization, was incorporated in 2009 as a public/private partnership with NYC Parks. Modeled after successful non-profit organizations that have shepherded the transformation of Central Park and Prospect Park, VCPC 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.
The Conservancy’s board members are dedicated, passionate park lovers who are distinguished in various professional fields and hail from Van Cortlandt Park neighborhoods and beyond. Their work is rooted in the goal of rallying New Yorkers to make a difference in Van Cortlandt Park.
The Conservancy identifies programs that contribute to park stewardship and education, and ensure the long-term well-being of its 1,146 acres of natural areas and recreation venues including a widely used cross country trail that attracts athletes from across the state and is over 100-year-old. To this end, The Conservancy has mobilized the park’s vast natural and professional resources to create Urban Ecology Teen Internship (Urban Eco-Teens). Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy hosts free programs that reach thousands of people each year: Barefoot Dancing, Summer Stage Kids, weekly Birding, Drawing and Painting, and Seasonal Happenings.
Here's a peek into our work and accomplishments...
Community engagement is critical to the fulfillment of The Conservancy's mission. The Conservancy has developed the Community Council (an alliance of park user groups) that meets to assess various park issues and recommend solutions. This wide-reaching group was critical to the success of Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan 2034--the first comprehensive 20-year plan for the park.