Parks for People

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As the climate crisis looms, cities like Camden are on the frontlines of warming temperatures and rising sea levels. That’s why The Trust for Public Lands (TPL) is taking steps to prepare.

Captain Leonard Destin Park

During peak tourist season, the City of Destin’s population can double as visitors flock to the white-sand beaches and busy resorts. There’s not many quiet spots for locals to relax away from the hustle and bustle. That’s why we teamed up with the City and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to build Captain Leonard Destin Park, a 3.4 acre park in a year-round residential neighborhood inhabited by the folks who hold the jobs that keep this town running.

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Shanelle Smith Whigham grew up in Lima near a petrochemical plant that made the air smell like rotten eggs...


Even if you’re not big on resolutions, the New Year is an opportunity to look at our health habits through fresh eyes. If you’ve got fitness on the mind but can’t muster much enthusiasm for the same old treadmill slog, try breaking your workout free of the gym: your neighborhood park could be...

Press release

Dutch Jake’s Park in the West Central neighborhood officially reopened today with new playground equipment, a new walking track, an amphitheater, a sports court, and more.  The design reflects feedback from park neighbors about enhancements to the park that were the most desired for the neighborhood. 


Residents of Sullivan County, New York, love their broad views of the Catskill Mountains, lush forests, rolling farmland, and the Delaware River, rich with trout. The only problem? Most people can’t actually get to any of it—most of the land is privately owned.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – As a kick-off to NYC Marathon week, New York Road Runner members joined PS 32 students for a “mini-marathon" at a new Great Kills playground.

Built by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the city, the new playground officially opened Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Dundee Island Park

In partnership with Passaic County, the City of Passaic, and the residents of East Passaic, we are transforming Dundee Island Park. 


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...


This story was originally published on Medium

As President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, my work days are long and meetings and emails are many. But this...