Community gardens

For years, a dusty lot in a multinational refugee community was the site of a small community garden and informal neighborhood gathering place. Thanks to community energy and input and partnerships with the city and local foundations, this new park is now... Read more

For years, residents of Minneapolis's culturally diverse urban core have been turning trash-strewn vacant lots into flourishing community gardens that produce food, flowers, and community pride. The lots had been leased on a season-to-season basis by the... Read more

In 1990 TPL worked with Southside Community Land Trust to help stave off development on a portion of this community farm in Providence. The farm was able to continue as a community garden and a resource for the Providence School System.

The Need for Parks

Thousands of New York City children do not have access to a close to home park or playground. In fact, 73 percent of the city’s low-income neighborhoods fail to meet the city’s standard of 2.5 acres of parkland per 1,000... Read more

With our help, Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization in Holyoke, was able to purchase this roughly four-acre parcel of land in 2004. The organization promotes economic, human and community development in... Read more

In a world of asphalt and brick, New York's more than 450 community gardens provide residents rare places to relax and connect with nature. They serve as front porches and backyards—places to meet with neighbors, play, grow produce, and gather for summer... Read more

Situated on the corner of Bellam Blvd and Windward Way, the future garden is across the street from a walking and bike path and is easily accessible by the surrounding residential areas. The Canal neighborhood provides a significant portion of low-income... Read more

A cascade of flowers and greenery on Telegraph Hill, the garden was created by former resident Grace Marchant in a 30-year labor of love. Beginning in the 1940s, Grace cleared trash from along the wooden Filbert Steps on the hill's east side, removing... Read more

This long, narrow series of parks steps diagonally down a San Francisco hillside through formerly vacant lots. The greenway includes a plaza, community garden, two greenhouses, playground, native plant garden, agricultural lot, herb garden, and a barbecue... Read more

In a state famous for its wide-open and scenic landscapes, nature close to home remains elusive for many city dwellers. In Denver for example, The Trust for Public Land works with communities and partner organizations to reverse a slipping ratio of parks... Read more