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.
Queens College released its survey of people who live near the 3.5 mile abandoned rail line. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and others who want the train reactivated said they have public support. QueensWay boosters, who envision a High Line-type park on the tracks found encouragement in the survey as well.
Fifty-four acres in North Bozeman are being developed into the Story Mill Community Park. Part of the project includes restoring acres of wetlands. The land used to be a ranch and was drained and filled in. Now crews are restoring it to its natural state.
Mecklenburg County parks officials Friday opened the first of 15 planned outdoor gyms as part of a national program of the Trust for Public Land, a group that creates parks and protects outdoor space. The first Fitness Zone was installed at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center on Tuckaseegee Road in northwest Charlotte.
A record $13 billion for land conservation was approved by voters across America Tuesday, including large statewide measures in Florida, New Jersey, and California, The Trust for Public Land announced today.