More than two dozen NGOs including conservation and outdoor recreation organizations announced their endorsement today for the Urban Water Federal Partnership, a collaboration of 14 federal agencies that aims to boost local economies and create jobs by restoring waterways and their surrounding communities.
What was once a barren blacktop schoolyard in Newark is now a brand-new colorful play area financed in large part by the contributions of agencies and individuals in the Greater MetroWest Jewish community.
The Ebenezer Creek site of a frantic and tragic moment of Civil War history has been protected as a new public park. On December 9, 1864 hundreds of freed slave refugees died trying to cross Ebenezer Creek to avoid confederate troops pursuing General William Tecumseh Sherman during the union Army’s “March to the Sea.” Public outcry over the deaths led President Abraham Lincoln to approve Sherman’s Special Field Orders No. 15 that were intended to redistribute to former slaves 400,000 acres of confiscated coastal property in 40-acre tracts. The order was revoked by President Andrew Johnson following Lincoln’s death.
A few years ago, 6 year-old Maddy McCuin made an appeal to the owners of The Preserve to let her buy the property. Since infancy, Miss McCuin had hiked the woods with her parents. In 2011, as her mom Suellen Kozey McCuin was leaving their house for a meeting to decide the fate of the forest, Maddy backed up her request to purchase the property with $5.63-her total piggy bank savings at the time. Although it would take several more years, and millions more dollars, her vision of protecting The Preserve is coming to fruition.
A festive ribbon-cutting celebration was held today for a new playground at Sussex Avenue Renew School, created through a unique partnership among The Trust for Public Land, Newark's Congregation Ahavas Sholom, and Newark Public Schools.
Newark mayor Ras Baraka, superintendent Cami Anderson, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker welcomed today a redeveloped schoolyard at Sussex Avenue Renew School. the Newark officials — who have sometimes disagreed over education policy — said the new facility was just the latest development in long-term plan in the city to improve its outdoor places.
The Trust for Public Land, Toms River Township and Ocean County announced today the permanent protection of the 58-acre former Camp Albocondo property along the Toms River, north of Winding River Park. This future parkland will protect water quality and provide residents in this busy section of Toms River Township with natural land instead of the 155 residences that had once been proposed for the property.
Agriculture advocates argued that Boston has become a national leader in promoting urban farming at a panel discussion at the Law School on Tuesday afternoon.
The fastest growing city in America is also gaining new parkland. The Purgatory Creek Natural Area in San Marcos, Texas, will gain an additional 89 acres of open space and habitat to increase public access to nature in the city’s biggest park. The Trust for Public Land secured the property for conveyance later this week to the City of San Marcos, as a critical addition to the natural area.
The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay today praised the newly released Queens College survey on the use of the former Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Rockaway Beach Branch (RBB) line, saying the survey shows local support for a new park along the old rail line.