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Tree Care in Castle Hill

NYC-Parks-new-logo-cropThe Stewardship Team has an upcoming street tree care event in Castle Hill near Pugsley Creek Park! On Saturday 5/20 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, we will be meeting at the corner of Pugsley Ave & Lacombe Ave to clean street tree beds, aerate them, and mulch them. This greatly increases the chances of young street trees’ survival! Here is a link with more info and to register.

This event is perfect for groups, camps, families, and individuals! Please let me know if you have any questions. And thank you, as always, for all your hard work!

Rebecca Carden
Stewardship Analyst & Green Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources
Rebecca.Carden@parks.nyc.gov
718.392.5232 ext. 128
Rebecca Carden

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Friends of Van Courtlandt Park

FVCPFood Scrap Drop-Off 
Every Tuesday until May 30th from 4pm to 6pm
Held at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.

Trail Building Workshops
Saturday May 6 meeting at 10am
Meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street).

Rain Barrel Giveaway
Saturday May 6 from 9am-12pm
Held at our Garden & Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.

It’s My Parks Day/ Spring Garden Planting Day 
Saturday May 13th meeting at 10am
Meet at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue.

Get Active Hiking Series
May 13th at 10 am
Meet at the Garden & Compost Site (enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave).

East Meets West Celebration
Tuesday May 16th from 6pm to 8pm
Tickets in advance $25 plus processing fee, tickets at the door $35.  Click here to securely purchase your ticket online.

Mycoremediation and Fungi Cultivation Workshops

Saturday May 20th, 2pm-5pm
Space is limited to 15 people per workshop. Meet at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue

Wetland Volunteer Days
Saturday May 20th and June 17th meeting at 10am
Meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE:
VIP Reception & Concert
Tuesday June 13th starting at 6:30pm
Join us on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House for drinks and hors d’oeuvres before enjoying VIP seats at the New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park.

Friends of Van Courtlandt Park Event Page

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John Muir Trail in Van Cortlandt Park

The hike: John Muir Trail, Van Cortlandt Park

You’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to leave the city in order to get your hike on, even though going this far north in the Bronx might feel like leaving for most people. Van Cortlandt Park is home to a number of hiking routes, but we recommend the John Muir Trail, which connects Woodlawn to Riverdale. As the only path that stretches through the entire park from east to west, the trail is a 1.5-mile nature oasis that feels far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a cascading stream, marsh, sugar maple forests, and views of the Old Croton Aqueduct, there is some steep terrain toward the trail’s center, but it’s overall a moderate and picturesque setting for an afternoon stroll.

Getting there: Take the 1 train to W. 242nd St or the 4 train to Woodlawn. Or take the BxM3 to start at the west side of the park or the Bx16 or Bx34 to begin at the east.

photo: New York City Landscapes – Van Cortlandt Park by Steven Pisano via Flickr CC BY 2.0

7 Hikes Near NYC & How to Get There

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Gentrighetto in CB4

communityDid you know the City is proposing to use public parkland for private gain? They want to give the people’s parkland along the Harlem River to a private entity for a large mixed use complex for housing and commerce.

Come out to share your concerns and opinions!

Bronx Community Board 4 Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6 pm

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse (corner of 165th St)
Bronx, NY 10456

CALL TO ACTION: Ask the Community Board to vote against using waterfront parkland for housing and economic development

Please arrive early. You have to sign in to make a 2 minute statement. If you can, bring a written copy for submission.

Here are flyers in English and Spanish to share with your friends and neighbors: http://www.bceq.org/2017/04/23/using-parkland-to-build-housing-only-in-the-Bronx/

In addition to emails and phone calls, here is the beginning of some citywide news: http://sohojournal.com/content/Losing-Public-Parks

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality

#Gentrighetto

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Bronx Park Speak Up 2017

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There are few things better than hanging out with a bunch of like-minded folks.  I had a great time at Lehman College February 25, 2017 at the Bronx Parks Speak Up. The Bissel Gardens crew was there in force as were 30 or so other Parks, Friends of and Community organizations.

The icing: Karen Washington managing the discussions and workshops. For a “greenie” it doesn’t get much better! Enjoy my Flickr album of the event.

Filed under: Bissel Gardens, Bronx Parks, Community Green, Environment, Events, Kayaking, , , ,

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It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

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There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

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Upcoming Events

  • NYRR Run in Soundview meeting June 3, 2017 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Soundview Park Field House, 1550 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10473, USA Breakfast will be served at this Planning meeting
  • Concerts in the Parks – Van Cortlandt Park June 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm https://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/1617/concerts-in-the-parks-june-13
  • Hunts Point Fish Parade & Summer Festival June 15, 2017 at 8:30 am – 9:30 am Hunts Point Ave, Bronx, NY
  • NY Cares Volunteers June 24, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers July 22, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers August 26, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers September 23, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens
  • NY Cares Volunteers October 28, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bissel Gardens

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