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Feature Story

March 2020

TPL Awards 10-Minute Walk Grants

By Dave Ramont

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) creates parks and protects land for people, and for their 10 Minute Walk campaign they’ve partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute. The campaign is dedicated to improving access to safe, quality parks and green space in cities of all sizes throughout the U.S., with the goal of creating a world in which all people are within a 10-minute walk of a park or green space by 2050.

Recently, TPL announced $375,000 in funding that will go to eight nonprofits in different cities as part of the 10 Minute Walk campaign. This second round of funding supports grassroots efforts in cities that are working to ensure that all their residents have access to parks or other green space. So far, the program has awarded more than $2.1 million to nonprofits and city leaders in nearly 50 cities. In all, the campaign has gained support from almost 300 mayors, as well as dozens of nonprofits working in their communities to advance this goal.

Benita Hussain, director of 10 Minute Walk, said that these cities are embracing the power of parks to transform quality of life and spark connections that help people, economies and entire communities to thrive. “We recognize the critical role that community organizations play in making parks and green space more accessible for their residents, and we are thrilled to support these eight organizations in their efforts to make parks possible.”

A wide array of projects will be supported by the recent grants, helping communities enhance access to parks and green space. In Ohio, the wellness nonprofit Recess Cleveland will receive $30,000 to perform outreach at various community spaces, creating a community engagement process and guidebook for the city to use as it expands its parks and green space. The Fairmount Greenway Task Force—a collective of community nonprofits in Boston—will gather community feedback and data, assessing park opportunities. Their $45,500 grant will also help to address projects along the Fairmount Greenway, which connects several underserved neighborhoods.

In Rochester, N.Y., the Ibero-American Development Corporation will use a $36,000 grant to pilot a park ranger program, as well as supporting arts and beautification projects surrounding Don Samuel Torres Park, combating gang activity and drug use. A community arts nonprofit in Dallas, 29 Pieces, has been awarded $60,000 to develop art programs on six schoolyards, engaging youth, residents and teachers as Dallas looks to turn playgrounds into after-hours public parks. In Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation will appoint six Equity Champions to advance the city’s Rail Park project and green space initiatives. Their $40,000 grant will also be utilized to hold community workshops, teaching residents about grassroots advocacy.

Other cities with organizations that received the recent grants include Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., along with Kansas City, Mo. The 10 Minute Walk campaign and these grants have been made possible by support from the JPB Foundation.

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