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Documentary buffs, grab the popcorn! We can’t wait to watch "10 Parks That Changed America," airing on PBS April 12. Host Geoffrey Baer will join historians, architects, and other experts—including The...

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Super-slides and wave pools? Try bioswales and rain gardens. Across the country, city parks are doing double-duty to help control stormwater—and infrastructure’s rarely looked so good.

When rain falls on an urban area, it meets cold, hard concrete. Instead of soaking into the earth to...

A new report from The Trust for Public Land that explores the intersection of green infrastructure and parks.

San José, northern California’s largest city and home to many of Silicon Valley’s largest employers, has a large natural and developed park system that provides beauty, recreational opportunities, access to nature, and positive environmental impacts to residents, workers, and tourists alike.

Allemansratt Wilderness Park, Minnesota
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The Swedes have a word with no English equivalent: allemansrätten, “every person’s right” to roam. It’s a celebrated Nordic tradition that allows anyone to cross private property—to hike, bike, even fish or pick berries—so long as they don’t disturb the owners and they care for the land...

A small but significant percentage of city parks are being paid for out of a federal funding source known as the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it is the premier source of direct aid for lower-income city neighborhoods.

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In a historic finish, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul tied for first place on The Trust for Public Land's 4th annual ParkScore® index, with each city earning a perfect 5 "park bench" rating from the nonprofit organization.

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Attention data geeks and trivia buffs: the 2015 edition of City Park Facts is here! The latest report by The Trust for Public Land's Center for City Park Excellence is packed full of the latest stats from the top hundred most populous U.S. cities— including...

A young girl with a walking stick walks through a meadow at Coogan Farm in Mystic, CT

As cities vie to attract talented college graduates and sustain population growth, they are focusing attention on parks to increase livability and support a strong economy. We have identified a half-mile, or 10-minute, walk to a park as a common national standard.

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The major parks in America's largest cities are in the midst of a golden age, and a new report from The Trust for Public Land provides details and insight into conservancies, which are an arm of the some of those parks.

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