Parks for People


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...


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


Parks are not perks — they are essential infrastructure for healthy, connected, equitable, empowered communities. And because not everyone has equal access to nature, we’re working first with communities that have historically been denied green space — among so many other kinds of social capital. The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, released research that will help the city prioritize building and improving parks in the neighborhoods that need them more. The findings also illustrate the economic benefits these additional parks could have for the community.

Pentagon Parkway

Winding through the hills and valleys of southwest Dallas, Five Mile Creek's 70-square mile watershed includes blackland prairie, limestone creeks, old-growth forests, and wildflower meadows, yet many of these natural features are inaccessible and disconnected from the city's parks and trails - until now. 

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Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy communities. The Trust for Public Land conducted a study of the Metroparks Toledo, and found that it produces significant economic benefits for the local community—generating tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year.


Last month, we threw a great big party to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana. The day marked the end of a many-year effort to create the coolest park the city has ever seen … and the beginning of a new era for play, exercise, learning, and...


America has a park problem. Nature is essential for healthy, happy communities, but today, 100 million people in this country—a third of us!—don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

The Trust for Public Land is focused on fixing this problem. That’s...


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...


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...

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The Trust for Public Land is helping residents of Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood transform a prominently situated vacant lot into a new park, through a partnership with the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Boston Department of Neighborhood Development.