The Trust for Public Land collaborates with local governments and school districts to restore and create parks, playgrounds, and trails. We work on all aspects of the park design and build process, including:
Our design process includes community stakeholders and potential park users. In the case of a school playground, ideas might come from students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and neighborhood volunteers. Community design teams meet under the guidance of Trust for Public Land staff, conduct site assessments, and discuss the layout of the park or playground.
To help cities address water quality and urban runoff issues, many of our parks feature green infrastructure solutions. Our approach not only helps cities manage stormwater, but also provides lasting and broad community benefits. Learn more
Our Parks for People initiative infuses local planning, arts, and culture into the parks we create—a cooperative, community-based strategy known as Creative Placemaking. Learn more
We analyze a site's existing conditions including environmental contamination, need for remediation, and potential for protecting or restoring natural features.
After a plan is finalized, we issue a request for bids, select the construction contractor, and oversee the build and installation of the park's features and equipment.
In planning a park, we work with partners to make sure the new park is well-maintained and well-used. This may include training in park maintenance and community organizing, or training community stewards in programming and park management.
- Green InfrastructureParks designed using green infrastructure are a cost-effective approach to managing runoff, while also improving air quality, cooling the city, and providing residents with public spaces to enjoy.
- El Sereno Arroyo Playground: from dirt to park in :30In just four months, we turned a wasteland into parkland. This vibrant community gathering space includes grassy hills, a new playground , a Fitness Zone for adults, walking paths, picnic tables, mosaics, and garden.
- Climate-Smart CitiesWe help cities create new green infrastructure—from waterfront parks and wetlands to green alleys and "water smart" playgrounds—to meet the climate challenge.
- William Dick ElementaryThe yard at Philadelphia's William Dick Elementary used to flood with every rain. So we transformed the barren asphalt into a storm-proof playground that stays open to the neighborhood after school.