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The High Bridge design process is underway!

This is a major turning point in the long campaign, in which the Friends have played an active role, to restore and reopen this most renowned feature of the Old Croton Aqueduct. The NYC Parks Department is asking for input from the public.

Click HERE to download a PDF of comments submitted by the Friends.

Questions or comments? Contact C. Fahn at czfahn@yahoo.com or 914-478-3961.

Eileen Charles

We're currently planning our 6th annual, trail-long celebration of the Old Croton Aqueduct for Saturday, Oct. 9th and Sunday Oct. 10th. Committees are forming in Yonkers, Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, Ossining and Croton.

We need you! Looking for fun, folksy, Aqueduct related or inspired artists, musicians, dancers, children's performers, historians, engineers, naturalists, trail users of all kinds. Also volunteers to host membership tables, donate baked goods, set-up and clean-up.

Mavis Cain

This has been a big season for field trips. PS 116 of Manhattan sent 4th and 5th graders with their enthusiastic leader, Michelle Yonkell. These kids know a lot about the water system of New York - enough to keep us on our toes with accurate facts. After seeing the movie and listening to Mavis' stories about John Jervis, the kids had to test the echo in the tunnel and hunt for bats. They went back to the city wearing their Aqueduct bracelets and armed with a fact sheet.


Member Stephen DeVillo (center in the photo, with Ellie Carren and Matt Malina) led the Friends' first circumnavigation of 94-acre Jerome Park Reservoir on May 23. Lively commentary focused on the Croton system and interesting history of the surrounding neighborhoods. The beautiful allee of trees in the photo is in Fort Independence Park at the reservoir's north end. The fort that once stood here was sited by George Washington (see plaque).

Mavis Cain

The Dobbs Ferry Democrats with members of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center did an amazing clean-up of the the Aqueduct trail back of the High School and up to Cedar Street. This group turned out on Sunday May 2nd and even pulled heavy trash out of the wooded section to the west. Bravo!

Not to be outdone, members of Temple Beth Shalom tackled the section of the trail on both sides of the Five Corners in Hastings. If members in every section of the trail did this we'd have a litter-free trail. Well done Aqueduct elves.