Ohio Community Schoolyards
What We’re Doing
Transforming schoolyards into community hubs and quality greenspaces where everyone is welcome, even after school hours
Provide close-to-home community spaces where residents can play, connect, and experience the benefits of the outdoors
Everyone should have access to a quality park, yet 100 million people across the county today don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. The solution to our nation’s park equity gap and a tool for community resilience to climate change is sitting in plain sight: schoolyards.
By redesigning schoolyards—and making them accessible to the community after school and on weekends—we can connect entire neighborhoods to the benefits of a close-to-home green space. Since 1972, Trust for Public Land has worked with communities nationwide, collaborating with thousands of students, parents, schools, and neighborhoods to create hundreds of nature-rich schoolyards designed to address climate, health, and educational inequities. And now, we’re working with Ohio communities to bring these benefits closer to home.
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:
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.
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:
- Project Manager
- Technical Assistance Provider
- Community Engagement Manager
1250 Old River Road
Cleveland, OH, 44113