Welcome to The Trust for Public Land’s guide to some of our favorite parks, beaches, and other outdoor destinations for Fresh Air Fund families. These beautiful places are among the hundreds we’ve helped to protect across the Northeast. Now we want to share them with you as places to get outside with your Fresh Air youngster.
The Trust for Public Land and The Fresh Air Fund share a mission of connecting children to the outdoors. Each summer, The Fresh Air Fund sends children from New York City to visit families in suburbs and small towns. We connect children to nature by creating city parks, play- grounds, and gardens—including nearly 300 in New York City—and by conserving land for nature and recreation.
Nationwide, 10 million people live within a ten-minute walk of a special place we’ve helped to protect.
Linear parks are unbeatable facilities for recreation and non-motorized transportation, providing not only environmental and community-building benefits but even enhanced economic value. One of the most recent opportunities is in Charleston, South Carolina.
The United States is in the midst of an urban park renaissance, and linear trails are among the most popular of the new facilities. Trails are proving their economic, environmental, transportation, and community-building values. Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the localities that now has this opportunity and the Speedwell Foundation has contracted with The Trust for Public Land to produce a short report on the experience of other communities in creating linear parks for recreation and nonmotorized transportation.
The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on Ohio’s investment in land conservation through the Clean Ohio Fund and found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $4 in natural goods and services to the Ohio economy.
Working from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land offers a range of services to meet the conservation needs of the 21st century. We help communities raise funds, conduct research and planning, acquire and protect land, and design and renovate parks, playgrounds, trails, and gardens.