• 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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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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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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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 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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Atlanta’s Kimberly Elementary is a school on the move. Back in 2017, the school found itself on the state “turnaround list” of schools with ...
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This story was originally published on ...
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America has a park problem. Nature is essential for healthy, happy communities, but today, 100 million people in this country—a third of us ...
Long distance trail expert and author Liz Thomas begins her city thru-hiking tour of New York City. She’ll be hiking 175 miles through all 5 boroughs—a route connecting more than a hundred NYC playgrounds built by The Trust for Public Land.
The veteran of more than 20 long-distance wilderness hikes, Liz Thomas knows how to navigate the most remote, wild places on earth. She set ...
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Winter can be a grind. Dark days of dodging puddles, shoveling driveways, and misplacing mittens—it’s enough to make you want to curl up ...
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Even if your memories of grade school have faded, you can probably still picture your playground. Big or small, concrete or grass, it was ...
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For farm workers in eastern Washington, the start of fall means the end of the cherry season—and the conclusion of a long, hot summer ...
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Maria Gonzalez remembers what Philadelphia’s Jose Manuel Collazo Playground used to look like. “The equipment was old and vandalized. You ...
A neighborhood fills a valley in a photo taken from a hillside above it
The California city of Ventura was in the news in December when it got caught up in the massive Thomas Fire, which burned more than 280,000 ...
A playground with City Hall in the background
Sixty years ago, the activist Jane Jacobs was writing in part about San Francisco when she warned, “We are becoming too solemn about ...
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Even if you’re not big on resolutions, the New Year is an opportunity to look at our health habits through fresh eyes. If you’ve got ...
Falcon mural at Lafayette Street School
Falcons have captured the human imagination for thousands of years: they’re a potent symbol in ancient myths—and for present-day sports ...
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Geraldolyn Horton-Harris used to live across the street from Mestizo-Curtis Park, the oldest public park in Denver—but she never let her ...
Kids at a schoolyard in Fresno
We admit it: we’re park nerds here at The Trust for Public Land. So we’re excited to release this year’s ParkScore® ...
Skaters at Hilltop Park
Matt Derrick was a teenager in upstate New York when he first saw Future Primitive . The 1985 film featured pro skateboarder Tommy ...
Coastal bluffs, ocean, and fog
After more than 150 years on a small, inland reservation, the Kashia band of Pomo Indians has at last returned to the California coast. ...
On a lonely stretch of beach in Olympic National Park, my family and I approached a bus-sized boulder. As we drew closer, we saw it was ...

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