New York City Playgrounds
Park walkability scores and green infrastructure are used as programmatic and funding strategies for schoolyard transformation.
Trust for Public Land began transforming schoolyards in 1996 to meet park walkability goals. Since then, the program has evolved to include stormwater capture. Playgrounds are equipped with green infrastructure elements such as rain gardens, porous paving material, and specially selected plantings that reduce excess stormwater and sewer overflows from polluting New York City’s harbor and rivers.