2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

 

Diane Regas

"Thank you for helping Trust for Public Land build a healthier future where everyone connects to the outdoors."

 

There’s a new energy building around the outdoors. Across the country, more people are realizing what we have known all along: parks are not just a nicety; they are a necessity. Last year, park access garnered media attention like never before, with outlets like ABC and The New York Times spotlighting how green spaces make our communities healthier, resilient, and more equitable. You are a part of a growing movement that is gaining the momentum it deserves. While we have always seen the value in equal access to the outdoors, the rest of the country is finally catching on. It is our moment!

Your contribution to equitable access to the outdoors made a lasting impact in 2021, as you will read in this report. We are building parks where people most need them, transforming neglected schoolyards into neighborhood parks, protecting important cultural sites, and ensuring access to public lands and trails.

One of our most exciting endeavors in 2021 was working with communities to turn vacant asphalt lots into vibrant neighborhood hubs. We were honored and thrilled to be awarded the 2021 Olmsted Medal, the American Society of Landscape Architects’ highest honor, for our New York City Community Schoolyards™ work. In our tenth year of ranking the nation’s 100 largest cities’ park systems, our ParkScore® index added a new equity metric to see where parks are needed most. Our analysis shows that parks in low-income neighborhoods are four times smaller and are four times as crowded as parks that serve wealthier neighborhoods. Now, local officials and park agencies in places such as Charlotte and Detroit are using our findings to reduce the park equity gap.

For nearly 50 years we have advocated for equal access to the outdoors. In 2021, we led a coalition of 300 organizations to address inequity in the nation’s parks through policy change efforts such as the Parks, Jobs, and Equity Act—a bipartisan-supported funding bill to invest in parks.

We also redoubled our efforts to tell a more complete American story through preserving and activating Black historic and cultural sites. This year we celebrated the protection of Meadowood in Connecticut, where a young Martin Luther King Jr. spent summers working with fellow students from Morehouse College on the former tobacco field. It was King’s first time outside the deeply segregated South, and scholars say the experience was transformative.

And thanks to a $50 million gift from philanthropists Frank and Joann Randall, we are well on our way to protecting Banning Ranch, the biggest private open space on the whole coast of Southern California. The future park will offer recreational opportunities for over 8.4 million people who live within an hour’s drive and provide critical wildlife habitat.

Looking back on 2021, I am proud of our progress, and I am filled with excitement and hope for the year ahead, knowing that Trust for Public Land has your support.

Sincerely,

Diane Regas signature

Diane Regas
President and CEO
Trust for Public Land

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Alakoko Fishpond in Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i

Hand-built fishpond systems are some of the most significant cultural resources in Hawai‘i: They are a testament to Native Hawaiian innovation in engineering, hydrology, and aquaculture. That is why we helped protect the beloved 600-year-old Alakoko Fishpond. In November 2021, we purchased the 102-acre property and turned it over to Mālama Hulē`ia, a local nonprofit that has worked alongside the community to restore this remarkable feat of engineering. 

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Alakoko Fishpond in Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i

Ke’pel Creek in California

Using data analytics, innovative planning technology, and knowledge of state public conservation funding, we helped the Yurok Tribe access funds to purchase more than 2,400 acres of forestland and prairie surrounding Ke'pel Creek in Northern California. For the tribe, reclaiming these ancestral lands is a step toward more efficiently stewarding the land, water, and forests in its care.  

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Ke’Pel Creek in California

Chiloquin Elementary School in Oregon

Chiloquin, which sits at the confluence of the Sprague and Williamson rivers in southern Oregon, has long been a place of gathering for the Klamath Tribes. Residents have a strong sense of community—but few public places to come together. In October 2021, we broke ground on a new, vibrant community schoolyard. Once complete, the schoolyard will be open to all after school and on weekends, and it will serve the community as a dynamic playground and much-needed gathering place. 

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Chiloquin Elementary School in Oregon

Sabinoso Wilderness Area near Las Vegas, New Mexico

In the largest land donation for the expansion of a federal wilderness area in U.S. history, we gifted 9,855 acres in July 2021 to the Bureau of Land Management to be added to the Sabinoso Wilderness Area, expanding the area by 50 percent and increasing public access. We celebrated this historic expansion with Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, regional partners, and elected officials, including U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan.  

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Sabinoso Wilderness near Las Vegas, New Mexico

South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park in Dallas, Texas

We transformed the park from an illegal dumping ground to welcoming green space. The 1.8-acre South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park opened in November 2021. Its name celebrates the tight-knit Dallas community it serves, commemorating both its growth and its optimism.   

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Alice Branch Creek/Oak Cliff Renaissance Park in Dallas, Texas

Cook Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Five years in the making, Cook Park opened to the public in July 2021. Once the site of a catastrophic flood, the new park can absorb more than nine million gallons of stormwater, helping to prevent future flooding. We worked with residents to create a place where they can exercise and play and where they can have a sense of pride in the park they helped build.   

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Cook Park in Atlanta, Georgia 

P.S. 223Q in Queens, New York

For more than 25 years, we have guided thousands of students, parents, and community members in designing and creating 215 community schoolyards in New York City, including P.S. 223Q in Queens, which opened in November 2021. Under our NYC Park Equity Plan, we are planning to build 100 more in neighborhoods that need them most.   

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P.S. 223Q in Queens, New York

Mink Brook Community Forest in Hanover, New Hampshire

To protect Hanover’s rural character in the face of development pressures, we worked with local partners to establish Mink Brook Community Forest. Protecting this 250-acre property, which is just steps from the Appalachian Trail, preserves recreational access, wildlife habitat, and mature forests for generations to come.    

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Mink Brook Community Forest in Hanover, New Hampshire

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The condensed consolidated financial information as of and for the years ended June 30, 2021 has been derived from The Trust for Public Land’s 2021 consolidated financial statements, audited by Hood & Strong, LLP. The condensed consolidated financial information should be read in conjunction with the 2021 audited consolidated financial statements and related notes. To obtain copies of The Trust for Public Land’s complete 2021 audited consolidated financial statements, please contact our National Office in San Francisco.