This year, Clevelanders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the day the Cuyahoga River—which runs through the heart of the city—caught fire. We caught up with Shanelle Smith Whigham, our Ohio State Director, on the redemptive legacy of this infamous environmental disaster, and how we're making...

Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace is one of the oldest public housing complexes in the country, and the grounds were a reflection of a time when greenspace and recreation areas weren’t a public priority. While it’s home to a multi-generational population of nearly 3,000, there were no safe and welcoming outdoor spaces to gather, play and celebrate with one another. That’s why we teamed up with L.L. Bean, Cleveland Housing Authority and residents of Lakeview Terrace to turns the grounds into a place where people want to be outside.


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 Derek Battie, head of the South Oak Cliff alumni association. “Our...


Laurie and Andrea Kass are on a mission. The mother-daughter duo from Marquette, Michigan, aim to hike at least 100 miles on the North Country Trail this year. “When we first started hiking together a few years ago, Andrea could go maybe a half-mile—a mile, tops,” says Laurie. “Now she’s up to...

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The Westwood Via Verde is a project of Cool Connected Westwood (CCW), a coalition of partners dedicated to working collaboratively with Westwood residents to realize community-prioritized changes to the places where people live, work, and play in Westwood. The Westwood Via Verde is the vision of the community and represents a transformational neighborhood scale project that will result in a vibrant and connected system of multi-benefit green infrastructure to improve water quality, increase tree canopy, and support community empowerment and job creation.

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The Alton Park Connector project will convert a former CSX rail line into a 1.3-mile shared-use path to walk and bike to nearby shops, jobs, and the Tennessee Riverpark. Beginning at the entrance to the Tennessee Riverwalk at Middle Street, the rail line proceeds eastwardly and then southwardly, terminating at the new Southside Community Park.


Despite its notoriously wet winters and some seriously steep hills, Seattle is a two-wheeled triumph: its residents commute by bike at a rate six times higher than the national average.

That’s thanks in part to dedicated greenways like the Burke-Gilman Trail, an old rail line that the...

Press release

The Trust for Public Land announced today that it has received a $50,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation to help extend The Legacy Trail into downtown Sarasota.


From the door of her apartment, Artyene Wilson can see the sparkling expanse of Lake Erie stretching away to the horizon. “You can’t beat the view,” she says. “On a sunny day our water is so beautiful and blue.”

For Wilson and the other tenants at Lakeview Estates—an aptly named public...

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Imagine a 30-plus-mile multiuse path along O‘ahu’s South Shore connecting Waikiki to West O‘ahu that would provide some 600,000 residents with easy access to the island's shorelines and green spaces; a path where hikers, bikers, walkers, and runners could exercise and connect with nature in and around Oʻahu’s urban coastal neighborhoods.