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NEW! Patches for walkers who go the distance

The Friends will recognize walkers/runners who complete the Westchester portion or the entire Old Croton Aqueduct Trail with a 26- or 41-mile certificate and patch (free to members). Click here for details and recognition forms.

Connecting the Trail Over the Deegan Expressway


The plan to reconnect the Aqueduct trail across the Deegan Expressway in Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx, received wide media coverage at an event in the park on March 29. Congressmen Serrano and Engel and about 60 advocates turned out in the rain to demonstrate for city funding for the pedestrian bridge, which would also reconnect parts of the park. Friends of Van Cortlandt Park organized the event; Friends of the Aqueduct were among the co-sponsors.

CELEBRATE film!

Check out the short film we created to promote the Old Croton Aqueduct and our Keeper's House project. You can view it in fullscreen by clicking on the symbol in the bottom right corner. Special thank to Parks & Trails New York for supporting this project.

Directed by MEDIA TRIANGLE // L. Brandon Krall

Mercy College Students Work For The Friends


Volunteer Camilla chats with a fairgoer. Photo Credit: Andrea Minoff

Suddenly our volunteer group looks younger!

Thanks to a grant received by Mercy College encouraging students to take volunteer jobs with non- profit groups like ours, we have had a fresh new presence of youthful enthusiasts on the trail and at events like Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry. The grant pays the students a reasonable wage – and we profit.

Raffle Winners Announced

We're thrilled to announce the winners of our annual bike raffle! The drawing was held at the Keeper's House on November 2nd.

First prize winner of the trail bike is Jon Flores of Tarrytown, whose birthday happened to fall on our raffle drawing day. "I knew when I bought that ticket that I would win!" say Jon, who bikes the trail regularly. The Friends worked with Endless Trail, Dobbs Ferry bike shop, to offer this outstanding bike.

Second prize winner of the goody basket filled with maps, hats and t-shirts is Dwayne Reith of Dobbs Ferry, shown here with his daughter Mariella.

Secrets of New York TV show on the OCA

A great episode of Secrets of New York with a major section on the OCA and featuring FOCA's own Mavis Cain and Bob Kornfeld and Park Manager Gary Ricci! The OCA bit starts at about 8:48.

Join us for "The Swarm" Saturday, November 16th

The Friends, along with Groundwork Hudson Valley's Saw Mill River Coalition and many many others invite all vine cutters to come together
to attack one big vine area, make a visible difference, and generally have a good time!

MORE INFORMATION HERE

Get Ready for a Spring Ground-Breaking!

This year, in anticipation of a gala ground breaking for the reconstruction work on the Keeper’s House in Spring 2014, the Friends are saving energy and funds for that important event. Aquefest often loses money for us unless we get a grant, and much as we all love the fun , we have to be sensible. And the big news that work on the Keeper’s House will soon begin demands we plan for a big event!

Keeper's House Restoration Job is Out to Bid!

HERE’S THE EXCITING NEWS ABOUT THE KEEPER'S HOUSE THAT THE FRIENDS HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS AND WAITING FOR! STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES.

On August 26th, 2013 the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) publicly advertised in the NYS Contract Reporter for sealed bid for the Restoration/Rehabilitation of the Overseer's House in Dobbs Ferry, NY. The work includes restoration and rehabilitation of historic building as an interpretive and education center and park office.

FOCA supports the Protect the Palisades Coalition

Press Release: Proposed LG Building Would Mar Palisades, Image Shows

Englewood Cliffs, N. J. – July 30, 2013 – Today, Protect the Palisades released visual simulations taken from the George Washington Bridge showing that LG's proposed 143-foot tower would destroy the Palisades vista. The images, which provide “Before” and “After” views, stand in stark contrast to LG's claims to the contrary.

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