• Parks Unite Us

    Five reasons to unite for parks

    Our shared public spaces are the foundation for healthier, more equitable, more resilient communities 

  • Tanisha Tucker harvests saguaro fruit
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    A traditional harvest at Saguaro National Park

    Behind the search for a "desert superfood."

  • Kids play in a park sprinkler
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    The hazards of park disparities during heat waves

    The shade of a deep green park can be up to 17 degrees cooler than the surrounding neighborhood.

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Well, there’s no two ways about it: 2020 has been a doozy. But through the uncertainty, change, and heartbreak of the past year, Americans ...
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As a kid growing up in the South Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Taylor Toynes remembers long afternoons spent exploring the creek that cuts ...
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Timothy Goodman’s art makes order out of chaos. The New York City-based muralist and designer uses bold colors and encouraging words to ...
Kelley Heyer skating
As New York City’s coronavirus lockdown stretched from days to weeks, Kelley Heyer grew desperate for distraction. “April and May in ...
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Residents of Stonington, Connecticut, fought a long campaign to conserve Coogan Farm—a peaceful, rural property on the banks of the Mystic ...
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This fall, we’re celebrating all the ways parks unite us : with one another, with our neighborhoods, and with ...
Kids run toward the camera at Coopers Poynt School in Camden, NJ
We’re proud to partner with the ...
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For years, students at Dallas’s South Oak Cliff High School went to class in grim conditions. “The roof leaked, asbestos was everywhere, ...
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This fall, we’re celebrating all the ways parks unite us : with one another, with our neighborhoods, and with ...
Parks Unite Us
Parks are a community superpower. The outdoors connect people to nature and to one another, to our neighborhoods, and to the world. This ...
Kids play in a park sprinkler
A heat wave swallowed much of the Eastern seaboard late last month, breaking temperature records from New Hampshire to Virginia, and ...
Delaware Water Gap
The Delaware River, the longest free-flowing waterway east of the Mississippi, meanders more than 300 miles from the Catskill Mountains in ...
Cecilia Munoz and Shanelle Smith Whigham
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leaders. And as the coronavirus strains communities that are already unduly suffering from ...
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In New York City, playgrounds are open this week for the first time since April 1, with the addition of “social distancing ambassadors” to ...
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The Equipo Verde had their goals for 2020 all laid out: a calendar of community work days to clean up the neglected ...
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With the coronavirus spreading rapidly through cities, officials around the nation started to look for ways to give cooped-up residents ...
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Many people in New York City know that wild things slither and fly through the network of underground tunnels and skyscraper canyons. The ...
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At The Trust for Public Land, we geek out about parks constantly . But it’s just once a year, the third Wednesday in May, that we ...
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Eve Mosher had been following the news, studying the science, and burrowing into the reports: The planet was warming, and the seas that ...
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Even if your favorite parks are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, you can still find nature in your neighborhood—and you can even ...
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When Florence Williams moved from Colorado to Washington, DC, a few years back, she registered an immediate change: “I felt like a stress ...
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The world has changed almost unimaginably in the past month—but our mission hasn’t. We’re still working hard every day to ensure ...
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The way Coach Jeffry Lee sees it, at least one good thing came of the old basketball court at Lakeview Terrace: “It used to be all un-level ...
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Everywhere we work, we meet creative, dedicated women rallying their neighbors around parks and open spaces that will make their ...

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