Parks for People

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. 


Residents of Sullivan County, New York, love their broad views of the Catskill Mountains, lush forests, rolling farmland, and the Delaware River, rich with trout. The only problem? Most people can’t actually get to any of it—most of the land is privately owned.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – As a kick-off to NYC Marathon week, New York Road Runner members joined PS 32 students for a “mini-marathon" at a new Great Kills playground.

Built by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the city, the new playground officially opened Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Dundee Island Park

In partnership with Passaic County, the City of Passaic, and the residents of East Passaic, we are transforming Dundee Island Park. 


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 released research that will help the City of Cleveland 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. 

Photo of joggers in a park

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...