Van Cortlandt Park Breaks Ground on Renovations
Monday, November 03, 2008
The great performances at the Ivy Cross Country Championships this past Friday in New York City have caused us to reflect on the League's history at Van Cortlandt Park, a tradition that dates all the way back to inaugural Heptagonal cross country championship meet in 1939.
For the first time we can remember, the Van Cortlandt course was a little different this year due to an extensive renovation project, which recently broke ground this fall and is being made possible by the City's Croton Water Filtration Plant funds. The series of six significant renovation and preservation projects mark the largest investment in the park since the 1930s, and include:
— Re-grading ballfields,
— Filling erosion sites
— Landscaping hillsides
— Renovating lawns
— Re-pointing and replacing bricks
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has created an endowment fund to permanently support park upkeep and renovation. For information on how to make a donation to the fund, please contact Van Cortlandt Park Administrator Margot Perron at (718) 430-1890.
To download a .PDF version of VCP's Fall 2008 Newsletter, which details the entire
renovation project, please click here.