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Our partners at The Trust for Public Land work with cities and communities to ensure every person can experience the many benefits of the outdoors. Together, our two organizations have already started to make a difference.

Each year, we choose three worthy recipients to receive the L.L.Bean Community Award, an award that provides vital funding to aid in park creation and accessibility for the locations that need it most. Funding will be awarded to a minimum of 15 projects during this 5-year partnership.


Photo credit: The Trust for Public Land

Newark, NJ

Growing in Newark

Students at West Side High live in a food desert with limited options when it comes to healthy foods and opportunities for growth. We’ve partnered with The Trust for Public Land and the community to build a working garden run by and for the students to help change that.


Photo credit: The Trust for Public Land Staff

Boston, MA

Breaking Down Barriers

There’s a literal wall keeping Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood residents from accessing a publicly owned section of riverfront land – but not for long. In addition to providing easier access to this natural area, local youth will be connected to valuable skill-building opportunities.

Photo credit: Joshua Dobay

Cleveland, OH

Putting the Outdoors in Play

By renovating existing basketball courts, planting trees and adding outdoor art installations that celebrate the community’s rich history and culture, residents of Lakeview Terrace, one of the oldest public housing complexes in the United States, will be able to better experience the outdoors on a daily basis.


Photo credit: thedouglass18

Chicago, IL

A Course of Action

We’re giving Chicagoans on the West Side eighteen new ways to share time outside together. With the newly renovated miniature golf course located in Douglass Park, everyone in the community has access to fresh air, great fun, and unique outdoor moments that help us connect us to other – and nature.


Photo credit: The Trust for Public Land

Huntington, VT

Community Forest

The Trust for Public Land teamed up with the Town of Huntington and Vermont Land Trust to create the Huntington Community Forest. This 245-acre forest provides a nearby outdoor space people of all abilities can enjoy, and it’s adjacent to the Brewster Pierce Memorial School giving students an outdoor classroom and new learning opportunities to explore.

Photo credit: Andy Richter Photography

Calicoon, NY

A Park by the River

In Sullivan County 75,000 residents don’t have sufficient access to the outdoors despite the beautiful Delaware River running right alongside their town. The Trust for Public Land is changing that with the creation of the Callicoon Riverside Park. This public park is directly on the river, providing residents and visitors with waterside walking trails, outdoor play areas for kids, and free public access to the water.


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