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219-Acre Parcel Transferred to the National Park Service for Trail Protection and Enhancement 

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On weekdays New York City’s commuter trains are all business, shuttling briefcase-toting commuters between Manhattan and the suburbs. But on the weekends, New Yorkers ride the Metro-North Harlem line to a world away from the office. Believe it or not, the train will take you straight to the...

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Peter Koo, representatives from MetLife Foundation, The Trust for Public Land, and students and faculty from JHS 189Q and the Flushing International School today officially opened the school’s new, state-of-the-art, green playground to serve the students and surrounding community. The new $1 million playground will bring 36,000 Flushing residents within a 10-minute walk of a park that includes an artificial turf field, running track, green roof gazebo, outdoor classroom, garden, a grove of trees, bleachers, benches and a handball wall. The new design includes green infrastructure such as the turf field, paving stones, bioswales, trees and garden area that will capture 700,000 gallons of stormwater per year, vastly improving the health of Flushing Creek.

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Behind every spruced-up playground, every picnic-bench lunch spot, and every mile of greenway are dedicated people who put their time, skills, and passion into making their neighborhoods better places to live. As The Trust for Public Land works to put a park within a...

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In New York City, where backyards are rare, a community garden is more than a place to grow vegetables: it’s a place to play, get muddy, and gather for summer cookouts. Today, the Big Apple’s 450 community gardens are a fixture of city living—but there was a time they were nearly lost forever....

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Even if you’re not big on resolutions, the New Year is an opportunity to look at our health habits through fresh eyes. If you’ve got fitness on the mind but can’t muster much enthusiasm for the same old treadmill slog, try breaking your workout free of the gym: a city park or playground is the...

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Mount Katahdin marks the end of many long journeys. The 5,267-foot peak is Maine’s highest point, the summit of a formidably steep and rocky climb from the nearest trailhead. The mountain is also the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, where thru-hikers culminate months of trekking long...

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The Queens Borough President, The Trust for Public Land, New York Road Runners, and NYC DEP today broke ground to turn PS 120Q’s asphalt playground into a state-of-the-art green playground the whole community can use.

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Thousands of volunteers worked at city parks around the nation, leading to a sharp increase in the amount of volunteer park help in America’s largest cities, according to a report released today by The Trust for Public Land.

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Carter H. Strickland Jr., the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, will be the New York State Director of The Trust for Public Land, the organization announced today. In that role, he will oversee one of The Trust for Public Land’s largest programs.

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