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Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy communities. The Trust for Public Land conducted a study of the Metroparks Toledo, and found that it produces significant economic benefits for the local community—generating tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year.

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Last month, we threw a great big party to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana. The day marked the end of a many-year effort to create the coolest park the city has ever seen … and the beginning of a new era for play, exercise, learning, and...

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America has a park problem. Nature is essential for healthy, happy communities, but today, 100 million people in this country—a third of us!—don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

The Trust for Public Land is focused on fixing this problem. That’s...

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At the western edge of Boston’s Codman Square neighborhood, Norwell Street follows the tracks of the commuter rail line. It’s a narrow street, frequently used by speeding cars as a shortcut to bypass traffic. Vacant lots have sat underutilized for years, an eyesore for the neighborhood’s residents.

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In the summer of 2016, as the Fishtown Recreation Center was down to its final swing and the jungle gym was rusted and broken, the Trust for Public Land called a community meeting at the playground.

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Once an economic lifeline transporting goods and resources by rail, including even the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which wintered in southern Florida, the Sarasota Legacy Trail will now be extended north another 9 miles to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.

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Do you remember your favorite childhood field trip or summer break excursion? Perhaps you lived for jumping in the lake and enjoying Fourth of July fireworks and cookouts. Did you sit around a fire pit singing songs at camp, explore the beach with family and friends, or lazily tube down the river during the dog days of summer? Would you be as healthy or active today without those experiences? Would you have the same appreciation for the world around you?

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City parks have long been a place for urban residents surrounded by the gray of asphalt and concrete to get a small dose of green. As cities increasingly feel the impacts of rising seas and temperatures, city planners are rethinking the roles of urban parks.

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Every Bostonian lives within a 10-minute walk—or roughly a half-mile—of a public park, according to the 2019 ParkScore index from the Trust for Public Land.

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For decades, residents of Chattanooga’s Oak Grove neighborhood have made the most of the forgotten space on Lynnbrook Avenue. It’s not much to look at—a vacant asphalt lot and an empty field, cut by a concrete ditch, shaded by a few big old broadleaf trees. But for the families who live close by...

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