• Creative Placemaking
    Creative Placemaking

    Creating parks, expressing culture, strengthening communities


The Trust for Public Land believes that everyone in America's cities should live within a ten-minute walk of a great park. But great parks don't just happen. To succeed, they must reflect the communities they serve. Our Parks for People initiative infuses local planning, arts, and culture into the parks we create—a strategy known as Creative Placemaking.

Creative Placemaking is a cooperative, community-based process that leads to new and rejuvenated parks and open spaces reflecting local identity through arts and culture. It has five components: equity, arts and culture, community engagement, partnerships and stewardship.

New Freedom Park

A cherished common ground where garden plots, a soccer field, shaded seating, and play spaces bring far-flung cultures together, as immigrant families put down roots in their new country.

The 606

Chicago's 606 brings together three miles of elevated trails and six parks to create an urban oasis for recreation, art, and community.

Newark Riverfront Park

A brightly colored boardwalk, poetry-inscribed pathways, and lively way-finding installations welcome residents to their long-overlooked river and impart a powerful message of community renewal.

Benito Juarez Park

This new park in Los Angeles County’s most crowded and park-poor community is now a neighborhood icon created in the cultural vocabulary of its largely Mexican-American residents.