December 2021

Schoolyard Playground Program Earns ASLA Olmsted Medal

Instituted in 1990 to recognize individuals, organizations, agencies and programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision and stewardship, the American Society of Landscape Architects' Olmsted Medal was recently awarded to the Trust for Public Land's New York City Playgrounds Program. Program Director Mary Alice Lee received the Olmsted Medal on behalf of The Trust for Public Land, the second time that the organization's work has been recognized with the prestigious award.

Report Shows Park & Rec Out-of-School Time Programming Is Vital

A new report from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) shows that out-of-school time (OST) programs led by park and recreation professionals have a tremendous impact on children of all ages in communities across the United States. The report shows that more than four and five park and recreation agencies offer OST programs—including before-school, after-school and summer programs—which provide millions of youth with mentoring, physical activity opportunities, educational support and social connections with peers.

Rails-to-Trails Grant Invest in Equitable Trail Access

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recently awarded $308,500 in grant funding to 45 projects across 16 states, with a goal of investing in community-led efforts to create more opportunities for people to connect with trails in their neighborhoods—either through activities and events or through improved, connected trail infrastructure.