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...


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...

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. 


Safe, green space is not easily accessible in the neighborhood surrounding this school. And 90% of the people who reside nearby live below the poverty line. Right now, any rainstorm inundates the concrete playground and floods the property so kids have to stay inside during recess, soon native plants and vegetation in absorbent rain gardens will turn a nuisance into a natural wonder. Working with the community, we’ll repair and revive the play spaces, build a new outdoor classroom, and create a vibrant park that’s open to anyone when school isn’t in session.  


Atlanta’s Kimberly Elementary is a school on the move. Back in 2017, the school found itself on the state “turnaround list” of schools with the lowest average test scores, says Principal Joseph Salley. But not for long.

“It’s been a long journey, a lot of hard work from our kids, our...

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Free-to-use fitness equipment has been installed on the lawn of an East Harlem public housing development as part of a first-of-its-kind program run by the New York City Housing Authority, city officials announced Thursday.

Dutch Jake's Park

Located in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane, Dutch Jake’s Park is named for Jacob Goetz, a central community figure and resident of West Central in the early 1900s. Jacob Goetz was known by neighbors for his sense of fun and spirit of friendship. When the park opened in 1976, neighbors agreed that the new park was the perfect namesake to remember Jake.
Today, more than 2,900 residents live within a 10 Minute Walk of Dutch Jake’s park. But in recent years, Dutch Jake’s Park hasn’t felt like a safe place to play. In 2016, growing safety concerns prompted a community planning effort to create a new vision for the park.


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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...


America’s schoolyards are packed with potential. In a few places, schoolyards are vibrant community hubs, open to the public after school hours and designed to meet the needs of neighbors as well as students. But in too many communities, schoolyards look more like parking lots than playgrounds, and their gates lock as soon as students head home for the day.

Cooper's Poynt Family School

Cooper’s Poynt Family School is a public elementary school that serves families in a predominantly low-income neighborhood in North Camden. Once a cracked asphalt lot with two basketball hoops, The Trust for Public Land worked with the school community to reinvent the barren schoolyard. Now it’s a bold play space, with colorful new equipment and porous pavement.