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Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You'd hear stories about the softball leagues that used to play deep into the night here, the handball tournaments, the annual "summer Olympics" that wooed local kids. It was not uncommon to see spectators overwhelming the sidewalks just outside the chain-link borders, they recalled.

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The Town of Windsor and The Trust for Public Land today announced the
long-sought acquisition of a 95-acre former golf course property next to Windsor Center, which
will become a new public park. The land-purchase will enable new passive recreation
opportunities, protect water quality, and secure a key segment in a planned greenway that will
one day link Town’s center with the Farmington River, Connecticut River, and downtown
Hartford.

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Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 7th annual ParkScore® index, which was released today by the nonprofit organization.

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We admit it: we’re park nerds here at The Trust for Public Land. So we’re excited to release this year’s ParkScore® index, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. cities based on park access, acreage, and funding.

Find your city’s ParkScore ranking for 2018....

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Here’s a trend that ought to set some tails wagging: since The Trust for Public Land first started keeping track in 2009, the number of dedicated dog parks in the United States has grown by 40 percent.

One of our favorites is Potso Park in Tigard, Oregon, where dogs and their people love...

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Aaron Koch, the former Chief Resilience Officer in the Chicago Mayor's Office, has joined the organization as Chicago Director, responsible for developing and leading the organization's Land for People mission delivery in and around the nation's third-largest city.

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Minneapolis narrowly edged out cross-town rival Saint Paul to earn top honors for the second consecutive year. San Francisco climbed into third, pulling ahead of Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA, mostly because of improved access to basketball courts at schoolyards now open after hours and on weekends. Portland, Irvine, New York, Madison, and Cincinnati rounded out the top 10.

ParkServe index

The Trust for Public Land has released its annual ranking of the park systems for the 100 largest U.S. cities. Park advocates and city leaders rely on the ParkScore® index to guide park improvements and make the case for investment in parks. Here are the top-ranked city park systems for 2017....

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Thousands of volunteers worked at city parks around the nation, leading to a sharp increase in the amount of volunteer park help in America’s largest cities, according to a report released today by The Trust for Public Land.

Based on in-depth surveys of park systems in the nation's 100 most populous cities, City Park Facts is the leading source of urban parks data. The annual report covers park acreage, spending, and accessibility as well as the number of specific types of parks in each city.

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