For the students of Philadelphia's John M. Patterson Elementary School, recess means having to play on a deteriorating concrete yard. And with no shaded areas to escape the noonday sun, outdoor activities for the kids are limited. The paved surface also... Read more
As cities vie to attract talented college graduates and sustain population growth, officials are focusing attention on parks to increase livability and support a strong economy. Since parks must be convenient if they are to provide public benefit, many... Read more
Students at John H. Taggart Elementary School in South Philadelphia got a crash course in parks and recreation. And they couldn't be more excited. As part of The Trust for Public Land's participatory design process, we worked with Taggart students to... Read more
The major parks in America's largest cities are in the midst of a golden age, and a new report from The Trust for Public Land provides details and insight into conservancies, which are an arm of the some of those parks.
"As historic destination... Read more
The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Urban Park Conservancies
This study explores city park conservancies--private organizations that utilize donations to rebuild, refurbish, and even maintain some of their most iconic parks. The study uses... Read more
In Los Angeles last weekend, a neighborhood street echoed with the sound of soaring swing-sets, clattering skateboards, and the buoyant brass of a Mariachi band. It was the grand opening of Watts Serenity Park—and for community advocate... Read more
Ute Valley Park is one of Colorado Springs most popular parks, and it will be expanding soon.
This report provides a rich menu of options for continuing the growth and improvement in Memphis’ park and recreation system, with proposals ranging from relatively quick and inexpensive to long-term and structural.
The tempo is rising for Esperanza Spalding.
In the decade since she became a Trust for Public Land supporter, she's released a top-ten album, performed for the president, and won four Grammy Awards—including Best New Artist. Her infusion of jazz... Read more