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For decades, an odd-shaped lot on King Boulevard in South Los Angeles sat vacant. Though fenced off from trespassers, trash collected inside its borders and the weeds grew brown and brittle.

The property is one of thousands of parcels landowners have abandoned or left vacant, some in the wake of the Watt riots of summer 1965, which community organizers now want to turn into play spaces for young children and their families.

In Chattanooga, The Trust for Public Land used GIS data to identify locations where these installations would serve the greatest need. In November 2014, we opened three Fitness Zones: at the East Lake Recreation Center, at South Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Center, and at the Carver Park Recreation Center.

After a year of meetings with residents of Queens, The Trust for Public Land and the Friends of the QueensWay, a grassroots community organization with over 3,000 supporters from Central and Southern Queens, today released the QueensWay Plan, a study which will be a blueprint for the QueensWay - New York City's next great park.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC) are pleased to announce the acquisition of the 38-acre Polston School property in Alamosa, Colorado as the site of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park. "This acquisition restores the community process for the creation of an agricultural-themed Healthy Living Park on the Polston land, which we have been working on since 2010," said Liza Marron, Executive Director of SLVLFC.

Built in 1868, Mestizo-Curtis Park is the oldest in Denver. Its nine acres of tree-lined paths hold great potential, but the park lacks the amenities it needs to serve as a quality gathering and play space for this dense and diverse neighborhood.

Minneapolis took top honors on The Trust for Public Land's 3rd annual ParkScore® index, earning a perfect "5-park bench" rating from the nonprofit organization. Minneapolis remains the only city park system to earn the coveted "5 bench" score. New York, Boston, Portland, and San Francisco rounded out the top five.

In Southeast Washington, D.C., the CDC estimates obesity rates to be higher than in the district as a whole. In these neighborhoods, safe and healthy places to exercise are scarce-and many residents cannot afford private gym fees. To address this shortage, as part of our National Fitness Zone® Program, The Trust for Public Land and the National Park Service, with funding from ICF International, created a new outdoor fitness station at Anacostia Park.

Four Miami-Dade Parks will get new Fitness Zone® exercise areas, The Trust for Public Land announced today. Thanks to a $160,000 grant from the Health Foundation of South Florida, The Trust for Public Land will work in partnership with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department to select the next four parks for installation of the Fitness Zones.

New Freedom Park located in Denver, CO, has been named a “Frontline Park” by the national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance.

Welcome to The Trust for Public Land’s guide to some of our favorite parks, beaches, and other outdoor destinations for Fresh Air Fund families. These beautiful places are among the hundreds we’ve helped to protect across the Northeast. Now we want to share them with you as places to get outside with your Fresh Air youngster.

The Trust for Public Land and The Fresh Air Fund share a mission of connecting children to the outdoors. Each summer, The Fresh Air Fund sends children from New York City to visit families in suburbs and small towns. We connect children to nature by creating city parks, play- grounds, and gardens—including nearly 300 in New York City—and by conserving land for nature and recreation.

Nationwide, 10 million people live within a ten-minute walk of a special place we’ve helped to protect.

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