The Trust for Public Land and New York Road Runners recently announced a new partnership aimed at improving some of NYC’s worst school playgrounds. The first step in the initiative will see three dilapidated public school blacktops converted into state-of-the-art green recreational areas in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Even better? The students who’ll be using these new spaces actually helped to give input on the designs.

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Non-profit running club New York Road Runners kicked off the initiative by pledging $1 million to help fund the design and construction of playgrounds at three campuses: CS 154 in Harlem, Manhattan; PS 120 in Flushing, Queens; and the Piagentini and Jones Educational Complex, a shared campus of three schools (PS 392, IS 467, and IS 371) located in Throgs Neck, Bronx. Currently, these schools have run-down blacktops that currently offer very little in terms of healthy play areas.

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The new designs for the playgrounds were created through a collaboration between landscape architects and the students themselves, who were surveyed about their favorite playground features. Their top requests will be integrated into the designs, along with several green infrastructure elements. Specific greenery and shade trees will be used to create a healthy atmosphere in the playgrounds while porous pavement and permeable pavers will be installed along with synthetic turf to help with the filtration of storm water runoff.

The Trust for Public Land is an organization that works diligently to create sustainable parks for local NY communities and working along with the popular running club is clearly a match made in heaven. “New York Road Runners is thrilled to launch this partnership with The Trust for Public Land and we look forward to building many new playgrounds that students in our free NYRR Mighty Milers program, as well as children from the surrounding community, can enjoy for years to come,” said Michael Capiraso, NYRR President and CEO in a press release. “Every child deserves the opportunity to play and run in safe, fun, and highly functional community environments.”

The first three initial projects are slated to be completed by the end of 2017, but according to the NYRR, they are planning on funding more playground development in all five boroughs.

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Via NY Metro Parents

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