Parkology

The Trust For Public Land

In the heart of one of Denver’s most economically distressed communities, a vacant lot will be transformed into a short grass prairie ecosystem with outdoor classroom, walking paths, nature play areas, and green infrastructure. A new education center
Boeddeker Park is the largest open space in the Tenderloin. Before the renovation this 1-acre park was undesirable and unsafe for the 50,000 people that live nearby, but the new community-driven design transformed the space into a safe and inviting
In 2002—almost thirty years after the park was conceived—The Trust for Public Land, the city of Newark, Newark Public Schools, and the Central Ward community launched an effort to bring that vision to reality by finally developing Nat Turner Park. We
The Paul Habans Green Schoolyard provides a much needed place for schoolkids and the community to enjoy recreation and greenspace. Innovative play equipment is paired with highly engineered rain gardens that alleviate the repetitive standing water a
Rose Kennedy Greenway "Public Art Plan": Signature project in a signature park - A high-profile initiative in a signature park that created opportunities to influence the community. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative P
Pogo Park: Small park, big impact - A small park and space that allows for a deeply nuanced reading of the community's needs and potential outcomes. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the
Governors Island Public Art: New experience in a historic park - A historic park leveraged to tell new and complex stories about its community. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Fiel
Better Block Project: A pop-up - Ad-hoc activities and events that occur on non-park public spaces to create social connections, to create needed assets, and to highlight important issues. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Cre
Dance Place 8th Street Arts Park: Inside/Outside - Reclaimed underused spaces adjacent to cultural institutions, bringing the spirit of the inside activities to a broader community. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative P
Medical Mile (Little Rock, Arkansas): Public realm activation - An example of shared programming in multiple spaces to support a larger narrative about the city. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full v
Village of Arts and Humanities: Community heritage in the neighborhood - a project that knits together spaces in the community around a shared sense of heritage and history. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemak
Underpass Park: Creative play spaces - Identifying unique spaces and mean to create spaces for play, and putting those qualities in service of broadercommunity development goals. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Plac
The 606 Parks and Trail: Infrastructure reimagined - Taking advantage of underutilized public infrastructure and using culture to tell the stories of these possibilities. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking.
The Fargo Project - World Garden Commons: Water Stories - Reconnecting people to water or rethinking how water is managed in the community as a cultural asset. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full ver
Buffalo Bayou: Urban wilderness - Creating unexpected moments of wilderness and reprieve in urban environments. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Field Guide can be found here; https
The Avalon Green Alley Network, located in dense residential neighborhood in South Los Angeles, consists of six interconnected alleys, streets, and sidewalks. Two complete alley retrofits, featuring replicable low impact development (LID) green infra
The LAMS Sports Complex/Community Playground (designed by the students, staff and community members) now provides a safe place for students and members of the community to go to enjoy sports activities such as basketball, handball, track, soccer, foo