What We’re Doing
Transforming over 200 schoolyards into community hubs and quality green spaces where everyone is welcome after school hours.
Provide close-to-home, safe, accessible places for millions of kids and community members in New York City to play, connect, and experience the benefits of time outdoors.
Since 1996, Trust For Public Land—alongside countless partners—has helped transform well over 200 schoolyards into thriving parks and playgrounds, getting the absolute most of the space available and giving the gift of social connection and nature play back to the communities. These community hubs are open to the public after school hours and designed to meet the needs of all neighbors, in addition to students. That means new play spaces, athletic courts, and features for New Yorkers of every age, such as shaded seating and exercise tracks in all five boroughs.
These schoolyards also play a vital role in mitigating climate change at a local level, capturing stormwater to reduce flooding and combatting the urban heat island effect by increasing the amount of shade canopy and replacing heat-capturing blacktop with natural surfaces.
It’s not just the final result that matters in these transformations. It’s also the transformations themselves. With each new playground, the entire community is engaged in the planning, building, and opening of these public hubs—harnessing the creativity and energy of amazing people, one schoolyard at a time. Today, there’s a transformed schoolyard within a 10-minute walk of more than 4 million New Yorkers. And we’re just getting started.