A wedge of land overlooking Solana Beach and nearby coastal wetlands has narrowly escaped development for years. A joking conversation followed by a check for a million-plus helped secure it as a park for good.
The William Penn Foundation just reupped its support for an ambitious effort to complete a 750-mile trail system in Greater Philadelphia. But with 400 miles to go, can a coalition of nonprofits make it a reality?
Despite most of its trustees living outside of the city, the Gund Foundation is sort of a de facto community foundation for Greater Cleveland, and parks and public spaces are a big part of its support.
Rich and Nancy Kinder have pledged to give 95 percent of their enormous wealth to charitable causes. And that’s pretty much all going to Texas. That’s increasingly good news for Houston’s parks.
Consider for a moment that a billionaire is planning to literally reshape the shoreline of Manhattan by funding a floating island park, just a short walk from his office. Maybe, just maybe, private funding for parks has gone too far.
Atlanta scores pretty low when it comes to urban green space, but some big things are happening. One company commonly associated with flipping channels is making large grants toward creation of more outdoor opportunities.
Private funding is pouring into parks lately, and not everyone is happy about it. Regardless, cities are putting together creative projects with massive backing from wealthy donors, and it’s not all happening where you might expect.