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Some News From Around…

  • A record-setting $20 million donation to the High Line will fund the design of the third and final segment of the wildly popular park, and also help fund the considerable operating costs borne by Friends of the High Line. (The New York Times)
  • Though Chicago’s lakefront is packed with parks, much of the rest of the city suffers from a shortage of green space. Blair Kamin digs into the statistics and uncovers some of the city’s “park deserts.” (Chicago Tribune)
  • The American Planning Association recently released its annual “Great Places in America” list, highlighting ten of the nation’s most impressive urban parks. (American Planning Association)
  • In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a shrinking population and declining enrollment in public schools has led to plans to convert empty school buildings into apartments and repurpose school grounds as community parks. (The Grand Rapids Press)
  • For 25 years, San Francisco Bay Area parks leaders have been piecing together the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which will eventually form a 550-mile ring around the entire metro area. The largest addition in four years, a 5.2 mile segment in Silicon Valley, was just completed. (Silicon Valley Mercury News)
  • An aging U.S. Bureau of Mines property in Minneapolis is being converted to a 27-acre natural area on the Mississippi River. It will remove a number of blighted buildings and provide a mainland base for the 35-acre Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. (Star Tribune)
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  1. [...] and fundraising nightmares in a struggling economy, Friends of the High Line scored an amazing win last fall with a record-setting $20 million donation from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the [...]

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