Parks for People


The world has changed almost unimaginably in the past month—but our mission hasn’t. We’re still working hard every day to ensure everyone in America has a great place to get outside close to home, and that our shared public lands are protected from threats and open to all to explore. Here’s...


In the days and weeks to come, we’ll be sharing stories of the power of communities to overcome adversity—and of how your steadfast support is empowering us to keep working for a future where everyone has access to the outdoors.

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Neighbors gather around the kiosk, and children dash across the brilliantly green soccer field at Kiwanis Methow Park in South Wenatchee. Vibrant new murals adorn walls around the neighborhood, and colorful fencing in the style of Mexican papel picado lines the park.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is a vital gateway connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Great pride went into the construction of the bridge, but it fundamentally changed Camden over 100 years ago when it divided the City, fencing beneath continues to divide the communities living nearby. During heavy rain and snow events, run-off from the bridge floods the surrounding streets making travel challenging. We’re changing all of that by working in partnership with City leaders. Once complete, vast gardens will capture and direct stormwater runoff and an accompanying trail will provide a vital pedestrian link alleviating flooding and reconnecting neighbors. 

Cook Park

In 2002, a torrential flood descended on Atlanta's historic Vine City and English Avenue communities. In its aftermath, 160 families lost their homes. While the city worked to relocate those impacted by the flood, the land where they once lived lay vacant. Flooding, pollution, and sewer overflows have continued to plague residents.

In the news

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.

In the news

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.