William Dick Elementary School, PhiladelphiaPhoto credit: Jenna Stamm

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect the beautiful places that make Pennsylvania special — from your neighborhood park to your favorite fishing spot, from the family farm up the road to the schoolyard down the street, from the nearby walking trail to all of the places you go to experience nature close to home.

In Philadelphia, we’re transforming barren asphalt schoolyards and recreation centers into vibrant green spaces for the community. We’re also protecting land within the Delaware River Watershed and helping safeguard funding for parks and conservation across the state.

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Pennsylvania projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

37th & Mt Vernon Playground

After years of neglect, the Trust for Public Land has completed the transformation of the aging Philadelphia Parks and Recreation site at 37th and Mt. Vernon. Now a vibrant community green space, Mantua residents have new opportunities to exercise, play, and engage with friends and neighbors.

Photo of current school yard conditions and kids designing and drawing pictures

In 2017, a science teacher from West Philadelphia's K- 8 Add B. Anderson School saw what The Trust for Public Land was doing across Philadelphia and worked with Anderson's principal to identify the school as a high priority site for a new schoolyard. The Add B. Anderson School community uses the current asphalt schoolyard for a variety of activities including morning greeting, recess, and participation in the Harlem Lacrosse mentorship program. An upgraded schoolyard will give the 480 students, and the 9,500 people within a 10-minute walk of Anderson, a quality play space in which to exercise, grow, and learn.

Photo of Adaire Rain Garden

Today, the historic Fishtown neighborhood is emerging as a hub for contemporary arts, food, and music, and the school is working with The Trust for Public Land to transform its rundown asphalt schoolyard into a vibrant place for outdoor play and learning.

Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania

In 1998, TPL helped add 97 acres to the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania.

Photo of a classroom with a teacher, students and computers

In the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Roxborough, students at AMY Northwest Middle School have been working with The Trust for Public Land to design their new schoolyard. The .89 acre schoolyard is a barren, uneven, expanse of asphalt that is partially used as a parking lot by teachers and community members. Recognizing the opportunity a schoolyard transformation offered students, teachers, and neighbors, Principal Jodan Floyd was excited for the work to begin. Floyd, 2018 recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Principal Award, selected 27 students from grades 6 - 8 to be part of the participatory design process that will form a vibrant, green play and learning space at the school.

Benjamin Franklin Academics Plus School

There is limited high quality green space among the bustling shops and restaurants along Rising Sun Avenue in the Lawncrest neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia where students at Benjamin Franklin Academics Plus School and neighbors can connect with nature, and relief from oppressive heat, relax, and play. We’ve changed that. With help from our partners at the School District of Philadelphia, The Trust for Public Land transformed the barren, asphalt school playground into a vibrant green space.

Conestoga Community Playground

The Trust for Public Land will work with students and residents in the community to transform this playground in West Philadelphia  with new playground equipment, an improved recreation field, and stormwater management features.

Delaware State Forest, PA

Pike County conservationists wanted to add 310 acres in Blooming Grove to the state forest, expanding a seven-mile trail system.

Photo of Edwin M. Stanton School park

The Trust for Public Land is now leading the transformation of the current asphalt schoolyard into a stimulating green play space that will combine interactive learning with environmental sustainability.

Bregy Elementary

When we saw the open asphalt schoolyard at Bregy Elementary we recognized a place that was packed with possibility. Located just north of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, school staff members have planned for years to transform their schoolyard and even started fundraising projects to meet their goal. Now they’ve teamed up with The Trust for Public Land to take their project to the finish line with lots of help from their own students. Working closely with the 4th grade class through our participatory design curriculum, we’re planning a vibrant new schoolyard for Bregy Elementary.

Photo of Fishtown Recreation Center After it was updated

The Fishtown Recreation Center in North Philadelphia is getting a makeover.

Photo of a kid and mom at a playground

The students at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia now have a new schoolyard! This South Philly school is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, in a dense residential area that used to lack adequate green spaces for children to play in.

Hank Gathers Recreation Center, Philadelphia

The Trust for Public Land worked with community members to develop renovation plans for the existing facilities at this busy Philadelphia recreation center.


There is no question that our climate is warming. Extreme heat in American cities now causes more deaths than all other weather events combined. People are calling on cities to plant more trees in their neighborhoods and install splash pads where families can cool off, but all neighborhoods are not treated equally. Low-income communities have seen a disproportionately low share of parks and open space investment putting entire neighborhoods at greater risk of rising temperatures.

Testing out the new playground at John H. Taggart Elementary School

As part of The Trust for Public Land's participatory design process, we worked with Taggart students to develop a new schoolyard that fosters learning and creativity, encourages exercise, and honors the diversity of the school's student body that collectively represents 27 different languages.

Photo of kids on a playground

The The Trust for Public Land is helping transform this asphalt schoolyard into a vibrant play space that will also mitigate storm runoff.

Jose Manuel Collazo Playground

Jose Manuel Collazo Playground is a hub of activity in North Philadelphia. After years of use, the playground fell into despair. With overwhelming support from this vivacious community, The Trust for Public Land helped transform the space into one that celebrates their unique identity.

Photo of a kid on a playground

More than 11,000 Philadelphians live within a 10-minute walk of Lanier Playground, a 4-acre city park that The Trust for Public Land helped rebuild in 2018.

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

In 2003, TPL's conservation finance team helped Lehigh County, Pennsylvania get voter approval for a $30 million bond to protect watersheds, wetland, farmlands, and parks.

William Dick Elementary School, Phildelphia

To address the need for green space in Philadelphia's underserved neighborhoods, we've launched the Parks for People-Philadelphia.

Santos Farm, Pennsylvania

In 2009, The Trust for Public Land completed its first conservation acquisition on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the 88.5-acre Santos Farm in Milford Township, Pike County.

Artist rendering of Southwark School

The Southwark School in South Philadelphia has recently been named among Philadelphia’s first Community Schools, and we are thrilled to help the school become an anchor institution for neighborhood families.

Valley Forge National Historic Park, Pennsylvania

In 1983, The Trust for Public Land helped protected 43 acres for Valley Forge National Historic Park, Pennsylvania.

William Cramp Elementary School, Philadelphia

Student Avery Anthony describes the schoolyard at William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia like this: “Our site is plain ground. All we do is talk and run. It gets boring and there are no games.”

The yard at Philadelphia's William Dick Elementary used to flood with every rain. So we transformed the barren asphalt into a storm-proof playground that stays open to the neighborhood after school.