Community gardens

Holyoke Farmland, Massachusetts

Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization community development organization in Holyoke, Massachusetts worked with The Trust for Public Land to purchase four acres of farmland to offer urban farming, education and youth outreach opportunities, leadership building and river wildlife stewardship.

Southside Community Garden, Rhode Island

TPL worked with Southside Community Land Trust to prevent development on a portion of Southside Community Farm in Providence, Rhode Island, which continues as a community Providence School System resource.

Tremont Community Garden, New York City

In a world of asphalt and brick, New York's more than 450 community gardens provide residents rare places to relax and connect with nature. They serve as front porches and backyards—places to meet with neighbors, play, grow produce, and gather for summer cookouts.

Playground fun

Our partnership with New York City has resulted in more than 160 acres of additional playground space serving nearly 4 million New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk of one of our sites.

Canal Community Garden, CA

The Canal neighborhood in San Rafael provides a significant portion of low-income housing in one of the most affluent counties in the United States. Though the neighborhood is diverse, many residents share a common tie to a strong food culture.

Grace Marchant Garden

A cascade of flowers and greenery on Telegraph Hill, the garden was created by former resident Grace Marchant in a 30-year labor of love.

Visitacion Valley, San Francisco

A two-acre ribbon of mini-parks that stretches through the heart of Visitacion Valley and includes a community and native plant garden, gathering plaza, and children's playground.

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The Trust for Public Land is committed to preserving and creating parks, natural areas, and trails in our urban communities, particularly in Denver and along the Front Range.

New York’s city-owned vacant lots and established community gardens offer the city an opportunity to address open-space inadequacy in the very inner-city neighborhoods where green space is in shortest supply. Using these resources to create open space should be a matter of public policy in New York, as it is in many other cities, including Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

A Conversation with Alice Waters