Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

REI helps The Trust for Public Land build, celebrate, and promote great parks in cities across the country.

The U.S. Congress returned from an extended "state and district work period" on September 8, which means that it will be a very busy September, and beyond. Most immediately, Congress will need to debate how to keep the government up and running since the current fiscal year comes to an end on September 30 and not one funding bill for next year has been approved. There are other urgent and timely matters to debate as well in the coming months, and we expect Congress to work deep into December again.

Maine's White Mountains to Moosehead Lake Program Map

The Land for People award is the Trust for Public Land's highest honor, presented to a person who demonstrates exemplary service in creating parks and conserving land for people. Our most visible and public tribute, the award expresses our appreciation for the recipient's extraordinary commitment to The Trust for Public Land's mission of improving lives and strengthening communities by providing parks and natural lands for everyone to enjoy.

A small but significant percentage of city parks are being paid for out of a federal funding source known as the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it is the premier source of direct aid for lower-income city neighborhoods.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) was established in 1955 and is the only special park district in Kansas. By providing park areas and access to an array of outdoor activities, JCPRD generates numerous economic benefits within the local community.

Volunteers at Mildred Helms, Newark

Neighbors' participation in park design and development brings many benefits--and community involvement doesn't stop when construction is complete. The Trust for Public Land's focus on stewardship is one way we help create a positive impact and inspire long term change in Newark neighborhoods.

Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

Washington Watch, April 2014

New York City's Central Park

Based on in-depth surveys of park systems in the nation's 100 most populous cities, City Park Facts is the leading source of urban parks data. The annual report covers park acreage, spending, and accessibility as well as the number of specific types of parks in each city.

A young girl with a walking stick walks through a meadow at Coogan Farm in Mystic, CT

As cities vie to attract talented college graduates and sustain population growth, they are focusing attention on parks to increase livability and support a strong economy. We have identified a half-mile, or 10-minute, walk to a park as a common national standard.