Georgia Community Schoolyards® Projects
What We’re Doing
Transforming existing schoolyards into safe, inspiring, green spaces that will support outdoor learning and nature play during the school day and be open to the public outside of school hours.
Close Georgia’s outdoor equity gap by making outdoor space more accessible to residents, especially children.
Trust for Public Land volunteer leader Jocelyn Dorsey hosted a Park Bench Chat with Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Tull Charitable Foundation Executive Director Gabrielle Kreisler Sheely, and Trust for Public Land’s Schoolyards Initiative Director Danielle Denk to discuss how Community Schoolyards® projects are transforming underused outdoor school spaces into vibrant public parks—full of trees, shade, and places to exercise, play, and learn. They also explored how this solution to solve America’s park equity divide can be scaled nationwide through public, nongovernmental organization, and philanthropic partnerships.
Community Schoolyards™ Program: A Game-Changing Solution to America’s Park Equity Problem
Of the 90,000 public schools in the country, only a fraction have schoolyards that are green and inviting, as well as open to the public after school, on weekends, and over the summer. Most are overheated, vacant, and uninspired. Trust for Public Land believes that transforming America’s schoolyards into shared public parks by 2030 is a common-sense, cost-effective solution to America’s park equity problem.