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Three hundred U.S. cities—large and small, urban and rural—have demonstrated their commitment to the 10-Minute Walk vision to expand safe and equitable access to parks and green spaces for all residents by signing the 10-Minute Walk commitment. To turn those commitments into reality, cities are...

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As we revealed in our special report, “The Power of Parks to Address Climate Change,” cities and towns across the country already have tools and resources to protect residents—especially those who are most at risk—from the...

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Climate change is upon us, impacting our health and well-being. Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an assessment warning that the ravages of climate change were outpacing the ability of both nature and nations to adapt. The assessment represented a...

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There is a stand of quaking aspens hovering over Drake Avenue in Northeast Chicago. OK, it’s not hovering; the trees are planted there, flanking part of an elevated trail that connects 2.7 miles of natural beauty in a city of nearly 3 million people.

Runners pad upon blue rubberized...

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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...

Pacoima is squeezed between two freeways, a private airport, and surrounded by some of the city’s most heavily polluting industries. More than 50,000 people live within these 4.3 square miles in Northeast Los Angeles. Decades of disinvestment have left this small predominantly Latino community...

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This past year, like the one before, has witnessed the continued challenges of a global pandemic, a worsening climate crisis, the fight for racial equity, and budgetary pressures at all levels of government. Through it all, we've been deeply inspired by the resilience of the communities in which...

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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When Abby Sloan, principal of Jennie Reed Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, talks about the problems with the existing schoolyard, she almost doesn’t know where to begin.  

First, there is the noise that emanates from the eight-line interstate that runs right past the school...

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