- Parks for People
The Trust for Public Land works with communities like yours to ensure that everyone has a park, garden, or natural area within a 10-minute walk from home.Photo: Annie Bang
For the 80 percent of Americans who live in or near a city, neighborhood parks offer the closest connection to nature. Yet, today there are more than 100 million people in our cities without close-to-home access to a park. As a result, an entire generation is growing up disconnected from nature and the outdoors, missing out on the fun, fitness, and relaxation that parks provide.
In park-poor neighborhoods, children play in streets, alleyways, or vacant lots instead of on grassy meadows or soccer fields. Or they simply stay inside—a national crisis of inactivity that has contributed to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, asthma, and depression.
Research shows that parks promote public health and revitalize local economies. They also make cities more energy-efficient and less vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They connect people to the great outdoors and to each other.
The Trust for Public Land was founded to create parks and protect land for people to enjoy. Today, nearly 7 million people live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area created with our help, and millions more visit these sites every year. We’re working toward a day when everyone has easy access to a safe, green place to play.