We collaborate with local governments and school districts to restore and create parks, playgrounds, and trails. We work on all aspects of the park design and build process, including:

Participatory design

Our design process includes community stakeholders and potential park users. In the case of a school playground, ideas might come from students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and neighborhood volunteers. Community design teams meet under the guidance of Trust for Public Land staff, conduct site assessments, and discuss the layout of the park or playground.

Green Infrastructure

To help cities address water quality and urban runoff issues, many of our parks feature green infrastructure solutions. Our approach not only helps cities manage stormwater, but also provides lasting and broad community benefits. Learn more

Creative Placemaking

Our Parks for People initiative infuses local planning, arts, and culture into the parks we create—a cooperative, community-based strategy known as Creative Placemaking. Learn more

Site restoration

We analyze a site’s existing conditions including environmental contamination, need for remediation, and potential for protecting or restoring natural features.

Construction management

After a plan is finalized, we issue a request for bids, select the construction contractor, and oversee the build and installation of the park’s features and equipment.

Park stewardship

In planning a park, we work with partners to make sure the new park is well-maintained and well-used. This may include training in park maintenance and community organizing, or training community stewards in programming and park management.