Playgrounds

In the Town of Queen Creek, 80 acres of fallow agricultural fields occupied an enticing spot in a densely populated neighborhood. The property was slated for development as a large residential complex—but the community saw potential for more.

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For more than six years, TPL worked in collaboration with the city of Oakland and the Friends of Bella Vista Park to transform this bleak asphalt playground into a beautiful green park. The 1.6-acre park now boasts a lawn, trees, new play structures, a... Read more

Until recently, West Oakland's Bertha Port Park featured only a quarter-acre sandy lot, a single tree, and a forlorn blue statue of a dolphin. Upset that Head Start preschoolers had no better place to play, local resident Marilyn Reynolds began advocating... Read more

Located along the west bank of the Los Angeles River in southeast Los Angeles County, the city of Maywood houses numerous abandoned factory sites but only two small public parks. Maywood is the most densely populated city west of the Mississippi, home to... Read more

Our work in Los Angeles county's urban communities centers around creating and improving parks, installing Fitness Zones and championing green alleys.

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At the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin district, Boeddeker Park serves the city neighborhood with the greatest number of families living below the poverty line. Within walking distance of 50,000 people—many of them living in single rooms—Boeddeker has... Read more

The new playground at Balboa Park opened in August 2012 and we completed work on the new skatepark in September. Other renovations are still in progress.... Read more

The Trust for Public Land's work extends throughout the 10 Bay Area Counties, from the urban core of San Francisco and surrounding cities, to the suburban watersheds, lush oak woodlands and the rugged beauty of iconic California landscapes, like the Marin... Read more

In the 1970s, community activists from Newark's Central Ward demanded green space for their community, which had no significant park to call its own. Eventually, land was designated for a park to be named after Nat Turner, leader of a 19th-century slave... Read more

In April of 2001, Voorhees Township, acquired a 49-acre former asphalt plant with plans to turn the majority of the property into an expansive "great lawn" for public use. The site, which also contains the headwaters of the Cooper River and a 12-acre... Read more

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