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

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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!