Parks and health

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.

When plans for a housing development fell through, the prospect of giving local children and their parents a safe, welcoming place to meet and play motivated neighbors to step forward and support the creation of a community park in Los Angeles' Watts neighborhood.

The new report from the Center for City Park Excellence, details more than 75 innovative features and programs—including 14 case studies—that maximize a park's ability to promote physical activity and improve mental health.

Hayes Valley Playground is a quarter-acre inner city playground and clubhouse located in a diverse, dynamic San Francisco neighborhood with a strong sense of community.

Smart Collaboration: How Urban Parks Can Support Affordable Housing is a publication from the Center for City Park Excellence that summarizes research into some of the innovative activities taking place at the intersection of urban parks and affordable housing.