NEW YORK, NY— The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) announce a unique partnership where we work directly with elementary and high school students to develop career discovery in landscape architecture and participate in garden stewardship projects at their schoolyard. Since 1996, The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program has designed and/or built 189 school and community playgrounds across the five boroughs. Through an interactive, participatory design process, TPL works directly with students in the site analysis, planning and design of their schoolyard with an end result that transforms mainly asphalt schoolyards into vibrant, green community playgrounds (see our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4tBtJ_URBY).
Many of the schoolyards built have tree beds and gardens that benefit from ongoing stewardship. This program pairs landscape architects with school groups to provide guidance on programming, plant installation and maintenance while engaging students in garden stewardship.
The first project in the program is the re-establishment of a rain garden at J.H.S. 218 in Brooklyn scheduled for June 27, 2017 from 10:00 to noon. ASLA volunteers will be working with TPL staff and a group of 35 student stewards to plant, weed, and mulch a rain garden and extended tree pit.
The J.H.S. 218 Community Playground was designed by students, staff, parents, and community members through The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program. This playground was the second to be opened in our partnership with the DEP, DOE, and School Construction Authority, and includes trees, a turf field, rain garden, pervious pavers and other green infrastructure elements that will capture up to an inch of rainwater in storm events.
About the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects. Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members and features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The New York Chapter, founded in 1914, encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play. Learn more at aslany.org .
About The Trust for Public Land
Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org.