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Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You'd hear stories about the softball leagues that used to play deep into the night here, the handball tournaments, the annual "summer Olympics" that wooed local kids. It was not uncommon to see spectators overwhelming the sidewalks just outside the chain-link borders, they recalled.

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“It was an empty lot; concrete,” said Irene McKallop. “There wasn’t anything there. It was nothing, it was all cement.”

McKallop is not talking about a parking lot. She’s talking about the place where her grandkids’ go for recess, gym class and pretty much all other outdoor activities that unfold at their South Philadelphia school, John H. Taggart.

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Maria Gonzalez remembers what Philadelphia’s Jose Manuel Collazo Playground used to look like. “The equipment was old and vandalized. You had to wear SPF 50 to be out there on the concrete, because there were no trees or grass.” The soil beneath the playground had collapsed, creating a gaping...

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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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Some parts of park design–setting the right width for a walking path, using landscaping to prevent flooding—are more like a science. But creating a place that feels inspired? That’s an art.

That’s why The Trust for Public Land partners with artists to help neighbors get creative during...

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Owen Franklin has joined the organization as Pennsylvania State Director. As head of the state office Owen will oversee a successful and growing program to create green parks, playgrounds, and schoolyards in underserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia. He will also guide work with donors, funders, public agencies, and community stakeholders to create parks and conserve land for public benefit and enjoyment across the Keystone State.

Article by Peter Harnik and Alexandra Hiple that appeared in the September 2016 edition of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters today gave $10,000 to help create a new schoolyard at his former elementary school, the E.M. Stanton School in South Philadelphia.

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At recess—as in life—everyone falls down sometimes. But until recently, taking a tumble at William Dick School in north Philadelphia could earn you some particularly nasty scrapes and bruises. The schoolyard was more vacant lot than playground, says Principal Amy Williams. “The kids would go out...

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Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Deputy Mayor/Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Philadelphia Water Department Deputy Commissioner Christopher Crockett, and The Trust for Public Land's Jeff Danter, Senior Vice President and Atlantic Seaboard Division Director, announced the expansion of the City's innovative Green2015 partnership and celebrated the latest accomplishment in the initiative, the pending completion of a new green schoolyard at the William Cramp Elementary School.

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