Playgrounds

For the students of Philadelphia's John M. Patterson Elementary School, recess means having to play on a deteriorating concrete yard. And with no shaded areas to escape the noonday sun, outdoor activities for the kids are limited.

Students at John H. Taggart Elementary School in South Philadelphia got a crash course in parks and recreation. And they couldn't be more excited.

Children travel from all over Bridgeport to attend Classical Studies Magnet Academy, a public magnet school in the city's West Side neighborhood.

Johnson Oak Park in Bridgeport's East End is one of the city's top priorities for park improvement. The park is adjacent to Tisdale Elementary School and is used by students and neighbors alike.

Dubbed "the Park City", Bridgeport, Connecticut, is looking to live up to its name. In 2012, the city completed a Parks Master Plan, outlining park, open space, and green infrastructure goals.

Today The City of New York and The Trust for Public Land celebrated the completion of their sixth green infrastructure playground—the first to open in Queens—with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at J.H.S. 157 Halsey Jr. High School.

Green space is in short supply in Denver's Westwood neighborhood. In fact, Curatro Vientos—or Four Winds—will be the first new park in the area in more than 30 years.

Though Portland, Oregon, is renowned for its parks and open space, there’s still work to done before the city can meet its goal of putting a park within a half-mile walk of every resident by the year 2020.

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.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Superintendent Dr. William Hite and The Trust for Public Land made two announcements today regarding the City's efforts to green schoolyards and recreation centers.

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