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.
As Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct have previously reported, funding is in place to install a pedestrian bridge over I-87. The bridge will enable hikers to follow the original route of the Aqueduct in Van Cortlandt Park and provide easier access to Jerome Park Reservoir. This exciting project is currently in the design phase.