Parks for People

Map of Long Island Empire state Trail

Knowing that multi-use paths and linear parks are a great way to connect people to nature and to provide space through which communities and neighborhoods can commute, play, and live, we’re planning a multi-use, bike and pedestrian path for more than three million New Yorkers on Long Island.

Photo of Winthrop Campus Community Playground in East Flatbush, Brooklyn

In light of the chronically deep disparities in health and wellness in Central Brooklyn compared with other New York regions, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Vital Brooklyn Initiative aims to bring a new holistic model of community development to these areas, together addressing jobs, health, housing, crime, poverty and lack of open space.

In the news

Living in New York City in the years following college opened my eyes to the vital role parks play in unifying communities and enhancing the quality of life for those who are able to access them. I didn’t have much money, so Friday and Saturday nights often meant hanging out with friends at Washington Square Park, listening to the musicians and stand-up comics who performed and created in the park. If I wanted to play basketball, I often headed over to the well-known West Fourth Street Courts. Date night often consisted of a walk in East River Park, a great place for people watching and escaping from the noise and grind of the city. The experiences I had in that public space led to my commitment to bring up my family near a park, where my children could roam free, exercise, explore nature, build confidence and learn to appreciate the world around them.


For farm workers in eastern Washington, the start of fall means the end of the cherry season—and the conclusion of a long, hot summer harvest. 

“Cherries come on fast, and they have to be picked fast, and then they’re done,” says Teresa Bendito, a lifelong resident of Wenatchee, a small...

Press release

The Trust for Public Land today announced October 10 is National Walk to a Park Day. This day will bring people together to walk to their nearest park and encourages them to contact local officials to advocate for local parks.

Press release

Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 7th annual ParkScore® index, which was released today by the nonprofit organization.


We admit it: we’re park nerds here at The Trust for Public Land. So we’re excited to release this year’s ParkScore® index, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. cities based on park access, acreage, and funding.

Find your city’s ParkScore ranking for 2018....


Behind every spruced-up playground, every picnic-bench lunch spot, and every mile of greenway are dedicated people who put their time, skills, and passion into making their neighborhoods better places to live. As The Trust for Public Land works to put a park within a...


Maria Gonzalez remembers what Philadelphia’s Jose Manuel Collazo Playground used to look like. “The equipment was old and vandalized. You had to wear SPF 50 to be out there on the concrete, because there were no trees or grass.” The soil beneath the playground had collapsed, creating a gaping...

Press release

To the joy of the local community, The Trust for Public Land today announced that construction has begun on Story Mill Community Park. The Trust for Public Land has been working in partnership with the City of Bozeman to create the vision and designs for the 60-acre park since 2012.