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Parks are essential for healthy, equitable communities. Yet 100 million people in America—including 28 million kids—don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. The solution to our nation’s park equity gap and a tool for community resilience to climate change is sitting in plain sight. Opening our schoolyards to the public during non-school hours would put a park within a 10-minute walk of nearly 80 million people, including 20 million nationwide who currently lack access to public green spaces. Schoolyards are game-changing: They transform our nation’s asphalt schoolyards into vibrant, green spaces that improve the daily lives of students, educators, and the surrounding community. 

 

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In a rugged corner of New Mexico on the flank of Mount Taylor, herds of elk migrate along rock ledges through stands of ponderosa pine. Black bears and mountain lions range across grasslands down into dense valleys of pinyon and juniper. Fractured rock ledges, striated cliffs of rose, mauve, and...

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In the deep midwinter—the cold, dark stretch between the holidays and Groundhog Day—options for outdoor activity can feel limited. But there are special places we've protected from coast to coast that offer plenty of ways to while away a winter weekend in the great outdoors. So whether snow...

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Helen Paxton, a lifelong nature lover from Montclair, New Jersey, always considered herself a "pretty wimpy hiker," at least compared to her more adventurous siblings and cousins. Still, she and her husband, Art Paxton, venture into the outdoors as much as possible.

This past summer, the...

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Cradled in a bend on the Hulēʻia River in the southeast corner of Kauaʻi, an ancient fishpond built 600 years ago ripples and glints in the sun.

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South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park

In 2018, The Trust for Public Land began collaborating with the community of South Oak Cliff, a neighborhood in Dallas, to transform a vacant lot across the street from their high school in a community greenspace. For decades the lot had sat empty, becoming a haven for illegal dumping. Through dozens of community engagement events, including a pop-up park, community hikes, and clean-up days, we worked closely with neighborhood residents and students and faculty from South Oak Cliff High School to create a plan for transforming the vacant lot into a neighborhood park that reflected the desires of the people who live in this tight-knit Texas community. 

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We are celebrating the amazing work of the community-based organizations awarded with 10-Minute Walk grants by Trust for Public Land. 

The first three rounds of the ​10-Minute Walk™ Partnership Fund projects are wrapping up...

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Few sights dazzle the eye like a stunning display of autumn foliage, and fall is in full swing at Trust for Public Land–protected places around the country.

We’re celebrating the season by sharing some favorite spots in all their red, gold, and orange glory. If you wish you could be road-...

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As wildfires, hurricanes, and a global pandemic continue to upend lives, the role of our environment—the places in which we live, work, learn, and play—in our personal and community well-being is clearer than ever. So are the links between global processes, such as the changing climate, and ...

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It’s hard to convey just how unwelcoming—OK, grim—the schoolyard at Southwark School was before the new Community Schoolyards™ space was created earlier this year. The principal, Andrew Lukov, is not one for mincing words, however.

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