Addressing the need for safe outdoor recreational space by creating, stewarding and maintaining parks and playgrounds in Newark, N.J.

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This grant will support the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in concluding an $18-million plan to create or redevelop safe neighborhood parks and playgrounds (adjacent to schools), which will serve more than 85,000 residents--including 24,000 children under age 18--in Newark, New Jersey. The lack of safe recreational spaces is a major health threat for children in low-income urban schools and neighborhoods. Over the next two years, TPL will: (1) complete redevelopment of Jesse Allen Park, one of the city's largest; (2) expand a previously developed school playground; (3) complete the first phase of a multiacre riverfront park; and (4) increase community engagement to ensure the upkeep of completed parks and playgrounds. TPL will publish a study on the health benefits of parks, with a focus on childhood obesity, and will evaluate park needs and opportunities in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $750,000.00

Awarded on: 12/18/2009

Time frame: 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011

Grant Number: 67006


Trust for Public Land

101 Montgomery Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, 94104-4148


Anthony R. Cucchi
Project Director


Scott D. Dvorak
Project Director