Playgrounds

Today the City of New York and The Trust for Public Land celebrated the completion of a new green infrastructure playground in Queens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at PS 161, The Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Elementary School. The new playground at PS 161 is the latest to emerge from a successful partnership between The Trust for Public Land, the NYC Department of Education and School Construction Authority, in which new playgrounds are designed to serve as part of the city's green infrastructure.

The Trust for Public Land, Newark Public Schools, and the Lafayette Street School community announced their partnership and plans to transform the Lafayette Street School playground with the launch of an ambitious community campaign.

Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Deputy Mayor/Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Philadelphia Water Department Deputy Commissioner Christopher Crockett, and The Trust for Public Land's Jeff Danter, Senior Vice President and Atlantic Seaboard Division Director, announced the expansion of the City's innovative Green2015 partnership and celebrated the latest accomplishment in the initiative, the pending completion of a new green schoolyard at the William Cramp Elementary School.

The Trust for Public Land is using a $10 million grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to completely re-design two existing playgrounds at Civic Center Plaza that are heavily used by children in surrounding neighborhoods where parks and open space are limited.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $10 million donation from the Helen Diller Family Foundation through The Trust for Public Land (TPL) for a major renovation of the Civic Center Plaza Playgrounds that is set to begin construction in summer 2016.

The community is working with the City of Richmond and The Trust for Public Land to revitalize John F. Kennedy Park as a safe and vibrant gathering place.

Wedged between homes and alleyways, Patton Street Park and Garden occupies less than half an acre of property. But when the new park officially opens this coming weekend, visitors will find a lot to do in the relatively small space, which has been packed with play areas, winding paths, fitness equipment, benches and tables and a community garden. Of course, there are trees, small amounts of turf and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The Ironbound is a close-knit, multicultural community in Newark's East Ward, home to many families with children. The lack of play space is a problem throughout the East Ward.

Rocky Graham Park is the only outdoor recreational space in Marin City, the most diverse city in the county. The Trust for Public Land worked with the community to re-design the park, which re-opened in July 2015 with modern amenities.

A Bronx playground is back in business after a million dollar makeover that gives new meaning to the term "green space." NY1's Roger Clark filed this report.

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