Ohio Community Schoolyards


What We’re Doing
Transforming schoolyards into community hubs and quality greenspaces where everyone is welcome, even after school hours

Our Goal
Provide close-to-home community spaces where residents can play, connect, and experience the benefits of the outdoors

Ohio Schoolyards by the Numbers
Pilot schoolyard in Ohio
Years of transforming schoolyards across the country
Goodbye Gray, Hello Green
What is a Community Schoolyard?

A Community Schoolyard is an outdoor school space reimagined to address health, equity, and climate issues. These spaces are designed through a community-led participatory design process with the goal of creating a schoolyard that’s open and welcoming to the public. Community Schoolyards are:

Park-like Places
Community Schoolyards function like parks. They are packed with trees, landscaping, play structures, gathering spaces, athletic facilities, public art, and green infrastructure.

Designed by the Community
Community Schoolyards are designed by the community, for the community, through a dynamic participatory design process.

Designed with Intention
Community Schoolyards are designed to improve health, combat inequities, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Welcoming to Everyone
Community Schoolyards are shared spaces that are open and welcoming to the public.

How TPL Can Help

Trust for Public Land is committed to supporting communities in their efforts to reimagine, renovate, and revitalize schoolyards. Our staff includes people from various disciplines and backgrounds, ready to fulfill multiple roles and support program needs. Our services include:

  • Convener
  • Facilitator
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher
  • Technical Assistance Provider
  • Community Engagement Manager
  • Fundraiser
Get in Touch with Our Ohio Team



Cleveland Office

1250 Old River Road
Suite 202
Cleveland, OH, 44113
(216) 928-7518
(216) 928-7519

Associate Vice President, Ohio State Director

(216) 928-7518