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12 ways you're helping us transform communities, in 2019 and beyond

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Our supporters have helped accomplish some pretty incredible things in 2019. This year, we’ve created 15 city parks, improved access to trails in 20 communities, conserved 84,855 acres of open space, and transformed 14 schoolyards into green, welcoming places to gather and play. 

When you join The Trust for Public Land, you’re joining a nationwide coalition that believes in the power of land for people to forge healthier, more resilient, more equitable communities. Want to know more about where we’re headed together? 


Protect 1 million acres of land

12 Ways we're transforming communities
This summer, residents of Bethel, Maine, marked the creation of the Bethel Community Forest—980 acres of new public land with endless potential for trails, wildlife, and education.

We’ll keep working with communities across the country to protect 1 million acres of land that support equitable access to the outdoors and local control over the places that matter.

Join us to save a forest near you.


Create 35 new parks

12 ways we're transforming communities
Bozeman residents are getting to know the new Story Mill Community Park—a 60-acre expanse with trails, a dog park, gardens, a playground, and lawns for community events.

Our participatory design process made a space for hundreds of people to contribute time, ideas, and energy to make this extraordinary park come to life. In the coming years, we’ll cut the ribbon on 35 brand new, transformative community parks like Story Mill.

Join us to create community.


Open green schoolyards in 20 school districts

12 ways we're transforming communities

We've created more than 250 green schoolyards across the country, giving millions of people a new place to play within a 10-minute walk of home. 

Along the way, we've learned a lot about how to make schoolyards work for the entire community. In the coming years, we’re looking forward to growing and sharing our green schoolyards expertise with 20 more districts across the country, including Dallas, Atlanta, and Tacoma.

Join us to make recess fun again.


Build 1,000 miles of trails

12 ways we're transforming communities
Since it opened in 2008, the Legacy Trail has offered Sarasota County residents a safe, healthy, fun option for people-powered transit. With two recent purchases of old railways, we're paving the way for the trail to extend nine miles into downtown Sarasota by 2022.

The Legacy Trail extension is one of the ways we’ll build 1,000 miles of trails in the next five years. 

Join us to blaze new trails.


Protect 1,000 miles of rivers

12 ways we're transforming communities 
This year we added 72 acres to the Murphy Wildlife Management Area along the Cannon River in southern Minnesota, creating new public access to the riverfront within an hour’s drive of half the state’s population.

In the next five years, we’ll keep working to conserve clean water and improve access to nature in communities across the country by protecting 1,000 miles of rivers and streams.    

Join us to keep our waterways public. 


Use data to pinpoint where parks are needed most

12 ways we're transforming communities
The new Woonasquatucket Adventure Park in Providence, Rhode Island, was designed for teenagers, by teenagers, with a bike pump track and a practice area for the local parkour team.

It’s a vital place for the neighborhood’s kids to play and test their limits—and it’s one of the only parks in the neighborhood, where nearly 40 percent of families live below the poverty line. Our comprehensive park access database will help us pinpoint where park investments can make the biggest difference for families and communities in the next five years.

Join us to build parks on point.

Increase community engagement by 75%

12 ways we're transforming communities
This year, we transformed the vacant asphalt schoolyard at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Academics Plus School into a vibrant green space, decked out with cool murals and games that double as math lessons.

At each community schoolyard we create, we'll increase community engagement by 75%.

Join us to put schoolyards to work.


Create new trails funding

12 ways we're transforming communities
Hikers celebrated a major milestone for the Pacific Crest Trail when we protected over 10,000 acres on the Trinity Divide in Northern California in June. The deal closed the largest gap in public ownership along the entire P.C.T.

Your contribution will help increase funding for trails, allowing us to leverage public funding with philanthropic support.

Join us to close more gaps.


Fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

12 ways we're transforming communities
We scored a major legislative victory in March, when Congress voted to permanently renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

But the fight isn’t over. In the years to come, we’ll keep working with lawmakers and grassroots advocates to secure full funding—$900 million annually—for this critical federal conservation program.

Join us to invest in parks and lands for all.

Engage 50 mayors to advocate for parks  

12 ways we're transforming communities
In Los Angeles’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the nearest playground was a mile walk on busy streets. So we teamed up with neighbors to envision a safe haven for their families and created the new South Victoria Avenue Park.

Mayors across the country have joined our 10 Minute Walk campaign, making the “100% Promise” to ensure a quality park or open space for all within a 10-minute walk of home by 2050. More than 280 mayors have signed on so far, and in the coming years, we'll engage at least 50 more.

Join us to make the case for parks in your community.

Keep schoolyards 10% cooler on hot days

12 ways we're transforming communities
The yard at Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland was mostly concrete with almost no shade—dangerously hot in the summer, and not able to absorb and slow any rainwater during winter storms. So we worked with the community to remove pavement and replace it with trees and native plants, which will absorb stormwater and keep kids cool in the shade.

In the next five years, the schoolyards we renovate will stay 10% cooler, reducing the risk of heat illness for students and neighbors. 

Join us to keep the cool in school.

New trails in 50 communities

12 ways we're transforming communities
The Piney Creek Trail winds 16 miles through residential neighborhoods in Aurora, Colorado. This year, we helped Arapahoe County build a connection between Piney Creek and the High Plains Trail, growing an interconnected network of safe off-street routes throughout the Denver metro area.

The Piney Creek project shows the success of our Colorado Community Trails Program. In the coming years, we’ll establish new trails in 50 communities.

Join us to make great connections.

In the years to come, we’ll keep working together to reimagine and realize the power of land for people to create stronger communities that move society forward. And you can help: From now until December 31 your tax-deductible gift to The Trust for Public Land will be matched dollar for dollar. Give today


Deborah Van Etten
Keep up the good work
Larry Trover
Is any information available from TPL about Camp Mowana outside Mansfield, Ohio?
Harvey Neese
I am working on a project of mine which starts with a letter to one of my Republican Representatives and will ask her to submit something to the TRCP whom she seems to be close to . It entails informing the president how important our public lands are to the people, our children and grandchildren. The suggestion is for the Representative to make contact with TRCP organization in Wash. DC so that somehow, some way, Mr. Fosburgh could meet with the president and try to explain to him how important our public lands are for the nation. I don't believe Trump will be impeached but he may understand that he will have a problem in the next election. Maybe he can understand this situation and finally, once back away from his attacks on the environment and our public lands.
John Davis
The following was listed as a 2019 priority project for The Trust for Public Land. Was this land ever purchased and secured for the public? “Rio Tinto-Southern California Status: Purchase Pending The Rio Tinto-Death Valley property is the largest privately owned inholding in Death Valley National Park (DVNP) and one of the largest inholdings in all of the National Park Services' western units. It is also the viewshed of the park's Zabriskie Point, a popular overlook showcasing the area's geologic wonders and kaleidoscope of colors. The Trust for Public land is working with the landowner-a subsidiary of one of the world's largest mining companies-to purchase the land so that it can be protected and enjoyed as part of DVNP for generations to come.” Thank you!

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