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.



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.


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
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.


300 people at the event, 13.5 tons of garbage/debris picked up that day.
now, the clean-up zone for the day was only 3/8 of a mile long, so that gives you an idea of the extent of the problem.

Check out our PHOTO ALBUM of last week's Cleanup of the Trail in Yonkers.


We’re hoping for a big turnout of volunteers, like our wonderful group from last year. It’s satisfying and fun, See you there!

Join Mayor Mike Spano and local volunteers in beautifying our section of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

Please pre-register by emailing or by calling (914) 377-6429. Volunteers may also sign up at the event.

WHEN - Saturday April 18

9:30 AM Registration – Parks Department
285 Nepperhan Avenue
9:45 AM – Press Conference
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Clean-up Aqueduct


Meet outside Parks Department; Parking available behind Parks Administrative Building
Event will take place Rain or Shine
Transportation will be available to bring volunteers to clean-up sites along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail.