Blog Entries by The Trust for Public Land

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 have rallied around the power of parks to help communities endure challenges, and emerge stronger on the other side.

As a kid growing up in the South Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Taylor Toynes remembers long afternoons spent exploring the creek that cuts through the neighborhood.

Timothy Goodman’s art makes order out of chaos. The New York City-based muralist and designer uses bold colors and encouraging words to liven up walls, webpages, and consumer goods, earning him industry accolades and partnerships with big-name clients like Google, Target, and Netflix.

As New York City’s coronavirus lockdown stretched from days to weeks, Kelley Heyer grew desperate for distraction. “April and May in particular were really tough and scary, with so many people getting sick,” says Heyer.

Residents of Stonington, Connecticut, fought a long campaign to conserve Coogan Farm—a peaceful, rural property on the banks of the Mystic River.

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