Parks for People

Located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, this playground includes artificial turf field, running track, rain garden, permeable pavers, trees, gazebo with rain barrels, outdoor classroom in council ring, planter boxes, storage shed with green roof, benches, basketball court, kickball area, color seal, painted games, stage, recycling center and water fountain. 

Brooklyn’s P.S. 164 was designed by and for the students and community through The Trust for Public Land’s participatory design process.

In partnership with Credit Suisse, The Trust for Public Land worked with students, the East Harlem Tutorial Program, and community members to design a new playground used by three schools and the surrounding community.

J.H.S. 218 Community Playground was designed by students, staff, parents, and community members through the Trust for Public Land’s New York City Playgrounds Program.

Brooklyn’s M.S. 267/La Cima Charter School /Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School playground was renovated through The Trust for Public Land’s participatory design process with students.

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The Trust for Public Land worked with students of P.S./I.S. 111, located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, to design a new school and community playground on their schoolyard. The new facility now includes a turf field, running track, yoga circle, rain garden, forest walk, outdoor ping pong tables, play equipment, benches, trees, outdoor classroom, game tables, and a color seal designed by the students. 


In a city as enormous and diverse as Los Angeles, it’s debatable whether there’s any such thing as the quintessential park experience. But if it exists, you’ll find it at Runyon Canyon: 150 acres of open space just blocks from Hollywood Boulevard....

Press release

The Trust for Public Land today announced that Newark has received $750,000 from the National Park Service to build the final phase of Jesse Allen Park in Newark.


Like a lot of high school students, Brandon Robinson had a hard time getting excited about math class. “He’d sit in the back and grumble—I could tell it just wasn’t his thing,” says Ed Raff, a teacher at Robinson’s vocational high school in Providence, Rhode Island.

Fortunately, Raff’s...

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If you live within a ten-minute walk of a public park, count yourself lucky. For millions of Americans, urban outdoor recreation spaces are few and far between and usually require a drive. As a result, it’s often hardest for those living in low-income neighborhoods to access parks. But cities are increasingly making an effort to distribute resources more fairly. “The whole issue of equity has become very important within just the last two to three years,” says Adrian Benepe, director of city parks development for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), which has scored cities annually on their parks since 2012.