William Cramp Elementary School

William Cramp Elementary School, PhiladelphiaA new playground designed by the kids for the kids.Photo credit: Jenna Stamm

"Our site is plain ground. All we do is talk and run. It gets boring and there are no games." This is how student Avery Anthony once described the schoolyard at William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia.

The Trust for Public Land helped change that, transforming the barren lot into a vibrant green schoolyard. We worked with students on a design that includes the features they wanted most - like new play equipment and a walking track, garden, and performance space. This new schoolyard is open to the public after school hours and provides the 600 students at William Cramp Elementary School and the 15,000 people who live within a 10-minute walk a safe place to play, learn, and hang out with their friends.

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.