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Historic New York: Old Croton Aqueduct

Sunday, May 2, 2021

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

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Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. Historic New York programs highlight the history and architecture of selected neighborhoods or parks.  

Come take a hike with the Rangers and learn the fascinating 174 year history of how New York City built a 40 mile tunnel by hand using gravity to bring fresh country water into the city, helping reduce diseases and allowing the city to grow into the metropolis it is today. This is a lenghty hike that crosses steep hills and uneven terrain. 

Please note: We are offering outdoor programs with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks. Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation during COVID-19, we’ve put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We're asking everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.  


Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park
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Event Organizer

Urban Park Rangers,

Contact Number

(718) 548-0912


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