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.  


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!

Mavis Cain

Summer hours for the High Bridge begin this Sunday, May 14th! The bridge will be open for public access 7:00am - 8:00pm through the rest of the summer.  It is particularly beautiful at sunset, so come and visit!


Rid the trail of invasive plants and
Restore Historic Stone Walls
with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Register in advance at

Where: On the trail along Quaker Bridge Road, Croton on Hudson (look for a white canopy)

Parking: On street — look for designated volunteer signs between houses #124 and #99

Perks: Water, coffee, snacks, gloves, tee shirts, tools & bug stuff provided

Bring: Lunch! Consider wearing long pants, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.


Sponsored by The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct


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