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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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The Chattahoochee Working Group is hosting public forums on June 22 in Atlanta and June 23 in Johns Creek to gather community input for the Chattahoochee RiverLands Greenway Study. The study aims to reconsider the region's relationship to the river and create a new vision for the river's future. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in these free input sessions.

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Heaps of broken concrete had spilled across Cobbs Creek Park. Chain-link fences were mangled in Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. West Philly’s Rose Playground had rusted metal and chipped paint. Across Philadelphia, many parks had water fountains and restrooms that didn’t work at all.

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The veteran of more than 20 long-distance wilderness hikes, Liz Thomas knows how to navigate the most remote, wild places on earth. She set the record for the fastest female thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and she’s gone on to make a living as a trail expert, conservation advocate, and...

East River Park is the Lower East Side and East Village's largest open space at 57 acres and more than a mile of waterfront. It hosts an array of activities, including baseball, soccer, tennis, playgrounds, and fitness equipment, as well as gardening and composting, and educational facilities. An important link on the East River Esplanade, East River Park also acts as the first line of defense against storm surges and rising tides for residents of the Lower East Side.

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In fall of 2018, Boston became the second city to announce full achievement of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign—which sets a goal of putting a great park or open space within a 10-minute walk of everyone in America. In the middle of the largest park-access gap in Boston is the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan, which includes two well-worn play sets abutting an unutilized parcel of land. Currently, the public is allowed limited use of the playground after school hours, but The Trust for Public Land is working with the city to create a new public park behind the school.

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Atlanta has been chosen as one of four communities in the Outdoor Foundation's nationwide Thrive Outside Community Initiative. In Atlanta, the initiative will provide a multi-year capacity-building grant to strengthen partnerships between existing local organizations such as schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs and nonprofit conservation and outdoor organizations that create repeat and reinforcing positive outdoor experiences for kids and families.

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In many ways, the story of the Swimmo is the backdrop to the story of Betty Adams’ life.

How could it not be? The swimming pool on Montgomery Avenue in Fishtown and the rec center across the street and library next door have long been the center of community life in this corner of the River Wards. “The spot,” Betty says.

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In Cleveland, planting trees is the first step of a long journey to create welcoming green space in a public housing community. In Chicago, a dilapidated mini golf course is being reimagined as fields of opportunity. And in Boston, a neighborhood is ready to tear down the wall that separates...

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Here’s a trend that ought to set some tails wagging: since The Trust for Public Land first started keeping track in 2009, the number of dedicated dog parks in the United States has grown by over 70 percent. Today, 810 dog parks are scattered around the 100 largest cities.

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