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The first trick any skateboarder has to master is learning how to fall. “Skaters have to know how to handle a situation if you’re about to lose your balance,” says Thuy Nguyen, who runs the San Francisco Skate Club. “There are things you can do to stay on your feet, or at least fall in a way you...

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Community gardens in the U.S. are growing faster than ever. The number of garden plots in city parks has increased 44% since we started keeping track in 2012. Today there are more than 29,000 garden plots in city parks in just the 100 largest U.S. cities—up 22% from just a year ago.

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Here’s a trend that ought to set some tails wagging: since The Trust for Public Land first started keeping track in 2009, the number of dedicated dog parks in the United States has grown by 40 percent.

One of our favorites is Potso Park in Tigard, Oregon, where dogs and their people love...

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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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Climate change can be hard to wrap your head around: it’s a tough task to keep up with the news—never mind the science. Sometimes just thinking about the challenges ahead can feel so daunting that it’s tempting to ignore the issue altogether.

But turning a blind eye is no way to prepare...

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Geraldolyn Horton-Harris used to live across the street from Mestizo-Curtis Park, the oldest public park in Denver—but she never let her grandchildren play there. After decades of neglect, the playground equipment had grown old and rusty. She recalls rampant drug use and neighborhood gang...

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Tyrone Mullins grew up with a park nearby—but it was no place for kids. Covering a five-block stretch in San Francisco’s Fillmore District, Buchanan Mall was envisioned in the 1970s as a green oasis for people living in public housing nearby. But by the time...

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Mount Ascutney rises 3,000 feet above the town of West Windsor, Vermont. For generations, the ski resort at its base was the community’s center of gravity—until warming winters and a vanishing snowpack drove the resort out of business in 2010. Without a steady stream of visitors, property values...

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When we met Jaeya Bayani, we knew you needed to hear from her. The San Francisco 8th grader has a lot to say about Boeddeker Park, whose dramatic transformation was made possible by Trust for Public Land supporters...

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Documentary buffs, grab the popcorn! We can’t wait to watch "10 Parks That Changed America," airing on PBS April 12. Host Geoffrey Baer will join historians, architects, and other experts—including The...

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