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Author: 
joannariesman

On Sunday, October 8, the Friends hosted a party on the lawns of the Keeper's House to commemorate the October day 175 years ago when Croton water first arrived in New York City.  The rain stopped on cue, and we were able to celebrate the flow of water without any flowing over us. 

Author: 
CFahn

State crews under the direction of trail manager Steve Oakes did a wonderful job this summer re-creating the Aqueduct trail in the short but important section between Lamartine Ave. and Bishop William J. Walls Place in Yonkers. It looks like it's always been there. It takes literally 3 minutes to walk the segment.

I recently went to see it; it's 15 minutes or less driving time straight south on Warburton Ave. from Hastings; then turn left onto Lamartine and park on that block. The segment is best seen now or soon, while the trees are still fully leafed out.

Walking south, after you get through the church-school parking lot you'll come to the new trail - a generously wide footpath, packed earth with stone dust and with green borders on either side now that the grass has grown in. As you pass through the new fencing, there is a small but nicely framed view of the Hudson and Palisades. 

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Come celebrate the day our Aqueduct saved the City

Sunday, October 8, 2017
2 to 6pm at the Keeper’s House
15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry NY

Food, music, Croton Cocktails, a new exhibit of photos by Fred Charles, art projects for kids, songs from 1842 . . .

For more information call Mavis at 914 693 0529 or Joanna at 917 742 7654

Author: 
FOCAAdmin
Daniel Shure, 58, of Croton on Hudson died on September 7, 2017. A long-time and well-loved Croton resident, he was known for his affable personality, wit, and good humor.

Dan graduated from Utica College and worked for many years at the City University of New York, most recently as Manager of Creative and Web Services. Earlier in his career he worked in public relations at Lehman College, Yeshiva University and Hunter College.

He was a Board Member of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and of the Croton Arboretum and an active supporter of the Croton Community Garden, the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry as well as other civic organizations. Dan enjoyed biking, camping, photography and walking his beloved dog, RJ.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

On Sunday October 8th, FOCA will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Croton Aqueduct with a birthday party at the Keeper's House in Dobbs Ferry. A new exhibit in the Keeper's House, music, games for kids, "Croton Cocktails," food and a chance to sit in a replica of the Croton Maid, the small boat that floated down to New York City on the first water to flow through the Aqueduct. 2 to 6pm. Details to be announced soon.

Author: 
DAlden

July success! Over 20,000 invasive plants removed; numerous native trees, bushes and plants saved!

Starting on July 7 and continuing for an entire week, a four person NY-NJ Trail Conference Invasive Strike Force Conservation Corps Crew collaborated with a nine member Excelsior Conservation Corps along with a dedicated band of volunteers and neighbors to continue the ongoing quest of the Friends to remove invasive plants from the northernmost section of the trail. The 20,000 plus invasive plants removed will no longer be impeding views, threatening historic stone walls or choking out the valuable native plants and trees that support local wildlife.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

caption: Group Photo by Karena Gray

For the full photo album, click HERE

 

On May 6 The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct continued the quest to rid the trail of invasive plants impeding views, threatening historic stone walls and choking out the valuable native plants and trees that support local wildlife.  Impossibly ambitious?  Maybe.  But worth making strategic choices and chipping away?  88 volunteers, community co-sponsors and corporate donors answered with their hands, feet, time and resources to say a resounding YES! 

Author: 
CFahn
Long-Closed Aqueduct Stairway Replaced by New Path in Van Cortlandt Park
 

Christina Taylor, Executive Director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, reports the welcome news that the southern end of the Old Croton Aqueduct path within the park is now open.  In the past a stairway brought those walking the Aqueduct next to I-87 (the Major Deegan Expressway) downhill to just north of the Van Cortlandt Park Golf House.  The old stairs, which had fallen into hazardous disrepair and were closed for several years, have now been removed and replaced with an ADA-accessible path, allowing walkers to safely reach the Golf House once again.  The new path was installed as part of a State Department of Transportation project replacing a section of I-87.  

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

A lovely Spring day was had by all. Some of us went on to Dia Beacon, while others came early for breakfast on Main Street before the boat ride to sunny Pollopel Island. A band of docents shepherded us through the ruins and showed off old photos of the castle home and arsenal. This was a wonderful way to get to know more about our group .... it turned out that 3 participants knew each other from high school. And Jane Reed's description of Dobbs Ferry 54 years ago was a stitch! Back then short Italian ladies of indeterminate age walked everywhere, wearing knotted head kerchiefs with black dresses. Cedar and Main streets were quiet, almost empty of cars, and everyone knew everyone. Thank you docents for all you do at the Keeper's House!

Author: 
Mavis Cain

Summer hours for the High Bridge begin this Sunday, May 14th! The bridge will be open for public access 7:00am - 8:00pm through the rest of the summer.  It is particularly beautiful at sunset, so come and visit!

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