Greenways

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When it comes to iconic urban design, spaces such as Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square, New York’s Central Park, and Ryōanji garden in Kyoto claim top spots. But a great public space need not be contained within a few city blocks or even a city's limits. In the case of the Chattahoochee...

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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When communities are able to safely come together to experience nature, they are healthier, stronger, more connected, and more equitable. That’s why we established our Equitable Communities Fund, with a goal to raise $50 million to energize efforts...

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It’s 2 o’clock on a hot summer afternoon. You’re getting ready to meet some friends at the park for a game of basketball. Which T-shirt would you grab from the closet?

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If you’ve taken a hike anywhere within an hour’s drive of Seattle, chances are, you have Jim Ellis to thank for it. A legendary civic leader who passed away in 2019 at age 98, Ellis was the force behind an extraordinary range of public projects throughout the Puget Sound region. As a young...

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In February 2021, Dallas City Council voted unanimously to approve the city’s acquisition of nearly 82 acres of high-quality forest land on the banks of the Woody Branch of Five Mile Creek in Oak Cliff. This acquisition represents the largest addition to the Dallas park system in over 20 years. 

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The Columbia River Gorge unwinds from the arid plateaus east of the Cascades to the towering temperate rainforests just outside of Portland, Oregon. It’s an 85-mile wonderland of thousand-foot cliffs, thundering waterfalls, vibrant...

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For years, students at Dallas’s South Oak Cliff High School went to class in grim conditions. “The roof leaked, asbestos was everywhere, drinking water came in lead pipes, the heating and air conditioning didn’t work,” says Derrick Battie, head of the South Oak Cliff Alumni Association. “Our...

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The Delaware River, the longest free-flowing waterway east of the Mississippi, meanders more than 300 miles from the Catskill Mountains in New York to Delaware Bay. Along the way, it serves as a major port, provides drinking water to 13 million people, and beckons hikers, kayakers, and birders....

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With the coronavirus spreading rapidly through cities, officials around the nation started to look for ways to give cooped-up residents more elbow room. Such traditional public venues as restaurants and theaters were suddenly closed, and even outdoor spaces like playgrounds and ball fields were...

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