Playgrounds

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Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 7th annual ParkScore® index, which was released today by the nonprofit organization.

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Today, The Trust for Public Land launched www.ParkServe.TPL.org, providing free, easy-to-navigate access to the most comprehensive database on parks ever assembled. The site includes information for 14,000 cities with a combined population of more than 260 million.

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Maria Gonzalez remembers what Philadelphia’s Jose Manuel Collazo Playground used to look like. “The equipment was old and vandalized. You had to wear SPF 50 to be out there on the concrete, because there were no trees or grass.” The soil beneath the playground had collapsed, creating a gaping...

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To the joy of the local community, The Trust for Public Land today announced that construction has begun on Story Mill Community Park. The Trust for Public Land has been working in partnership with the City of Bozeman to create the vision and designs for the 60-acre park since 2012.

Photo of current school yard conditions and kids designing and drawing pictures

In 2017, a science teacher from West Philadelphia's K- 8 Add B. Anderson School saw what The Trust for Public Land was doing across Philadelphia and worked with Anderson's principal to identify the school as a high priority site for a new schoolyard. The Add B. Anderson School community uses the current asphalt schoolyard for a variety of activities including morning greeting, recess, and participation in the Harlem Lacrosse mentorship program. An upgraded schoolyard will give the 480 students, and the 9,500 people within a 10-minute walk of Anderson, a quality play space in which to exercise, grow, and learn.

Photo of kids on the ArtsWok Carousel

When we asked people who live, work, and play in Northside Minneapolis what kind of fitness area they might like, they told us: something unique that could be used by neighbors of different ages, and that was social, encouraging interaction with others. They also wanted it to look and feel like it had been made in the community, rather than on an assembly line. The result is the People-powered carousel, a merry-go-round driven by the people who pedal it.

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The California city of Ventura was in the news in December when it got caught up in the massive Thomas Fire, which burned more than 280,000 acres. The city’s Westside neighborhood, where we’ve been working to build a new park on the site of a defunct factory, narrowly escaped disaster.

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Sixty years ago, the activist Jane Jacobs was writing in part about San Francisco when she warned, “We are becoming too solemn about downtown.” Jacobs, whose Death and Life of Great American Cities is required reading for urban planners, once sized up San Francisco’s Civic Center—a few...

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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: a city park or playground is the...

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Voters across America last night passed local and state ballot measures that will provide more than $1.5 billion for parks and conservation. Of 30 local park and open space measures on the ballot, 26 passed. Earlier in 2017, 11 local measures had been voted on, and 10 passed.

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