William Dick Elementary School, PhiladelphiaPhoto credit: Jenna Stamm

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect the beautiful places that make Pennsylvania special — from your neighborhood park to your favorite fishing spot, from the family farm up the road to the schoolyard down the street, from the nearby walking trail to all of the places you go to experience nature close to home.

In Philadelphia, we’re transforming barren asphalt schoolyards and recreation centers into vibrant green spaces for the community. We’re also protecting land within the Delaware River Watershed and helping safeguard funding for parks and conservation across the state.

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Projects (sorted alphabetically):

37th & Mt Vernon Playground

After years of neglect, the Trust for Public Land has completed the transformation of the aging Philadelphia Parks and Recreation site at 37th and Mt. Vernon. Now a vibrant community green space, Mantua residents have new opportunities to exercise, play, and engage with friends and neighbors.

Photo of Adaire Rain Garden

Today, the historic Fishtown neighborhood is emerging as a hub for contemporary arts, food, and music, and the school is working with The Trust for Public Land to transform its rundown asphalt schoolyard into a vibrant place for outdoor play and learning.

Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania

In 1998, TPL helped add 97 acres to the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Franklin Academics Plus School

The Benjamin Franklin Academics Plus School in the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia is getting a makeover. While the school is located among the bustling shops and restaurants along Rising Sun Avenue, the neighborhood lacks green spaces where neighbors can connect with nature.

Conestoga Community Playground

The Trust for Public Land will work with students and residents in the community to transform this playground in West Philadelphia  with new playground equipment, an improved recreation field, and stormwater management features.

Delaware State Forest, PA

Pike County conservationists wanted to add 310 acres in Blooming Grove to the state forest, expanding a seven-mile trail system.

A section of the yard at Edwin M. Stanton School as it appears now.

The Trust for Public Land is now leading the transformation of the current asphalt schoolyard into a stimulating green play space that will combine interactive learning with environmental sustainability.

Fishtown Recreation Center, Philadelphia

The Fishtown Recreation Center in North Philadelphia is getting a makeover.

Photo of a kid and mom at a playground

The students at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia now have a new schoolyard! This South Philly school is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, in a dense residential area that used to lack adequate green spaces for children to play in.

Hank Gathers Recreation Center, Philadelphia

The Trust for Public Land worked with community members to develop renovation plans for the existing facilities at this busy Philadelphia recreation center.

Testing out the new playground at John H. Taggart Elementary School

As part of The Trust for Public Land's participatory design process, we worked with Taggart students to develop a new schoolyard that fosters learning and creativity, encourages exercise, and honors the diversity of the school's student body that collectively represents 27 different languages.

Photo of Patterson Playground

The The Trust for Public Land is helping transform this asphalt schoolyard into a vibrant play space that will also mitigate storm runoff.

Jose Manuel Collazo Playground

Jose Manuel Collazo Playground is a hub of activity in North Philadelphia. After years of use, the playground fell into despair. With overwhelming support from this vivacious community, The Trust for Public Land helped transform the space into one that celebrates their unique identity.

Photo of Lanier playground

The Trust for Public Land will launch a community design process with neighbors and various community organizations to generate designs to revitalize Lanier Playground in the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia.

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

In 2003, TPL's conservation finance team helped Lehigh County, Pennsylvania get voter approval for a $30 million bond to protect watersheds, wetland, farmlands, and parks.

William Dick Elementary School, Phildelphia

To address the need for green space in Philadelphia's underserved neighborhoods, we've launched the Parks for People-Philadelphia.

Santos Farm, Pennsylvania

In 2009, The Trust for Public Land completed its first conservation acquisition on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the 88.5-acre Santos Farm in Milford Township, Pike County.

Southwark School, 2016

The Southwark School in South Philadelphia has recently been named among Philadelphia’s first Community Schools, and we are thrilled to help the school become an anchor institution for neighborhood families.

Valley Forge National Historic Park, Pennsylvania

In 1983, The Trust for Public Land helped protected 43 acres for Valley Forge National Historic Park, Pennsylvania.

William Cramp Elementary School, Philadelphia

Student Avery Anthony describes the schoolyard at William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia like this: “Our site is plain ground. All we do is talk and run. It gets boring and there are no games.”

The yard at Philadelphia's William Dick Elementary used to flood with every rain. So we transformed the barren asphalt into a storm-proof playground that stays open to the neighborhood after school.