Parks for People

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary leaders. And as the coronavirus strains communities that are already unduly suffering from structural racism and environmental injustice, women of color are leading the way towards a healthier, more equitable society for all.

This week, we were...

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In New York City, playgrounds are open this week for the first time since April 1, with the addition of “social distancing ambassadors” to remind people to maintain six feet distance from other people, hand out masks to people who don't have them, and encourage good hygiene.

While park...

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The Equipo Verde had their goals for 2020 all laid out: a calendar of community work days to clean up the neglected back alleyways that run through their South Los Angeles neighborhood, a slate of policies for park investments they’d be pushing with their elected...

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If you feel like your local outdoor spot has been busier since the start of the pandemic, you might be right: across the country, park managers have tracked big increases in visits to the parks that have stayed open to the public this spring. In Dallas, for instance, visitation rose from 30...

Pocket Park Toolkit

This Pocket Park Toolkit was created to help any individual, group, or organization interested in supporting their community by building parks. Through research, discussion, and interviews with experts in the fields of community engagement and organizing, park funding, design, and ongoing park operations and maintenance, this Toolkit provides practical guidance for both the novice community leader and the seasoned government employee. It is geared toward a reader with knowledge about parks and their benefits, but still looking for some clear guidance on how to get started. This Toolkit provides a snapshot of successful strategies and case studies partnered with checklists and templates to empower folks to work with their neighbors to build more parks and stronger, healthier, and more connected communities.

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At The Trust for Public Land, we geek out about parks constantly. But it’s just once a year, the third Wednesday in May, that we get to share the latest numbers from the ParkScore ® index, our in-depth analysis of city park systems in the nation’s 100 largest...

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The Parque Padrinos had been looking forward to this party for a long time. After years of dreaming, organizing, fundraising, and building, this community group in South Wenatchee, Washington, was ready to celebrate the grand reopening of Kiwanis Methow Park...

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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...

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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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