William Cramp Elementary School

William Cramp Elementary School, PhiladelphiaThe "plain ground" at William Cramp Elementary School before the planned, student-designed makeover.Photo credit: TPL Archives

Student Avery Anthony describes the schoolyard at William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia like this: "Our site is plain ground. All we do is talk and run. It gets boring and there are no games."

The Trust for Public Land is helping change that, transforming the barren lot into a vibrant playground. We're working with students on a design that includes the features they want most-like new play equipment and a walking track, garden, and performance space.

A block away, Collazo Park is also undergoing a makeover through our Parks for People-Philadelphia program. Together, these two sites will provide new green spaces and opportunities for play, recreation, and neighborhood gatherings in the Fairhill neighborhood, the emerging cultural center for Philadelphia's Latino community.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.