City parks

The Bloomingdale Rail Line was born an elevated freight line a century ago. When businesses closed, so did the railroad. Left behind are lonely reminders of the past that sit in the midst of a future quite different.

“There is poop going into the East River,” the teacher says, sprinkling black specks onto a cutaway model consisting of buildings, streets, and sewer pipes. It is week three of design class at P.S. 15, the Roberto Clemente School, on Manhattan’s Lower East... Read more

Obesity and related health problems are a leading preventable cause of death in America. But for many people, gym membership fees are a barrier to getting in shape. The Trust for Public Land is working with our partners, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle... Read more

The Edwin M. Stanton School in South Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of-small class sizes, a lively school spirit, and strong community relationships. The school emphasizes creative expression as part of its formula for success, and believes that... Read more

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

Back in September, you helped The Trust for Public Land win the My LA2050 Grants Challenge with a proposal to turn run-down alleyways in South Los Angeles into much-needed green... 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

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