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“One of the best things about moving to Dobbs Ferry 3 years ago was discovering the Old Croton Aqueduct.” That is what Peter Soboroff said as he handed a check for $2,570 to Mavis Cain, FOCA president. The donation, raised through GoFundMe. is designated for the education project in the restored Keeper's House.

When Peter planned his second annual Father’s Day marathon run, for the New York Cat Hospital, he came up with the idea of linking with GoFundMe, thus alerting his friends and neighbors about the project, In just one month after the announcement, 33 donors gave $2,570 - some giving in gratitude for Peter’s care of their cats and some giving because they love the trail.

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The Friends had an amazing, exhilarating day at the High Bridge Saturday, participating in the kickoff of festivities for NYC Parks' Season of the High Bridge. We had a nearly endless stream of people stopping at our table, which was well-located just next to the (98-step) stairway down to the bridge (Manhattan side), plus many who joined our walks on the bridge, which we led about every half hour. Mega-thanks to Sara, Lesley, Mavis, Bob, Carl and Tom for their stamina, cheerfulness, and dedication.

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Public festivities on the bridge launch the Season of the High Bridge. The Friends will be "roving docents" and will lead walking tours. Visit the Friends' table - take the short paved path from Amsterdam Ave. at W. 172nd St. See directions [see directions here] and visit the NYC Parks Dept. website [ link] for more information about the event.

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At the beginning of June, without fanfare, the long awaited stairway to and from the Quarry Trail to Warburton Avenue opened!

Now, anyone on the Aqueduct Trail can walk down Quarry Trail and walk up the stairs to Warburton Avenue. Close by is Antoinette’s Patisserie, a Hasting’s favorite for its own brand of coffee, pastries and gelato. Also across the street from Antoinette’s is a shady park which is open to the public.

Those familiar with the Quarry Trail know that it is currently only half complete, but, nevertheless passes via tunnels underneath the Aqueduct and Warburton Avenue before coming to an end. Some refer to it as the “trail to nowhere”, but the Village of Hastings will complete the trail down to Railroad Street when an approved state grant is funded.

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Oh frabjous day, calloo, callay! The long awaited opening of the Aqueduct High Bridge has happened!

I can’t help quoting Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky since I often remind youngsters about Alice in Wonderland who, when she saw a little bottle that said “Drink me”, she did just that–and got very very big. That’s what Croton Water did for the city, it made it very very big.

The High Bridge was the last installment in the 11-year project that brought Croton Water to the thirsty city. Many forget that the High Bridge is part of the Old Croton Aqueduct. It is of special interest to all our members.

Charlotte Fahn, who got a special mention and thanks from the speakers, was invited to attend this special opening event. Mavis Cain, Bob Kornfeld and Tom Tarnowsky tagged along, with Bob giving interviews when asked by reporters.

We are all so proud of Charlotte and Bob who worked so hard to help make it happen.

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THE FRIENDS OF THE OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT ARE PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS HISTORIC EVENT.

After being closed for 45 years, the Old Croton Aqueduct’s High Bridge, now renovated, is open to the public. The bridge is part of New York City’s park system, administered by the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation. It is accessible to all, including visitors using wheelchairs, bikes, and strollers. Following are directions for getting onto the bridge from both the Bronx and Manhattan ends.

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct were founding members of the Steering Committee of the High Bridge Coalition, formed in 2001, and have remained active for its entire duration. The Coalition Steering Committee, with support from the Parks Department and Partnership for Parks, recruited member organizations - eventually about 50 - and individual members who together championed the plan to reopen the bridge.

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photo from NYCWater's Flickr account

A new chapter opened in the long history of the New Croton Aqueduct with the May 8 announcement by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection that it is once again providing water to the city. The 33-mile-long New Croton opened in 1890. It is three times larger than the Old Croton and lies further east and deeper underground. Generally providing about 10% of the water supply, it can provide up to about a third when the need arises.

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A new pedestrian bridge connecting the Shandler Recreation Area and Croton Woods in Van Cortlandt Park will reconnect two large parts of the park that were cut apart by the 1950s construction of the Major Deegan Expressway. The bridge, if not directly on the Old Croton Aqueduct, will be so close to it that in effect it will also reconnect the trail, eliminating the detour to 233rd St. that has bedeviled Aqueduct walkers for decades.

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FOR OUR PHOTO ALBUM OF THE EVENT CLICK HERE.

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct congratulate and thank the 60 volunteers, community co-sponsors and corporate donors who worked together along with the Aqueduct State Park crew on May 2nd to make the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail outstanding, productive and very enjoyable neighborhood events.

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Join Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct to


Lop Vines
Remove Invasive Plants & Bushes
Learn invasive plant ID & pruning/removal techniques
Restore with native plants

Register in advance at www.ptny.org/ilovemypark
Walk-ins also welcome

As part of the fourth annual New York State-wide I Love My Park Day, the Friends are hosting an Old Croton Aqueduct Trail improvement day in both northern and southern locations along the Aqueduct. These events are being held in collaboration with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails NY. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn to identify and remove invasive species along the trail, to pick up trash and to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and neighbors.

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