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The Conservancy

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. For years, the Conservancy and the Friends have worked independently to restore, beautify, and support free programming in Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx’s great back yard. Our shared interests have now led us to combine our efforts, and we are working toward announcing the launch of a single, united organization in the coming months. Stay tuned!

The Conservancy

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.

Board of Directors

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.

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Our Work

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, and weekly Birding.

Here's a peek into our work and accomplishments...

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Community Council

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.

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Annual Report

The Conservancy is proud to present its annual reports and 990 Form.

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