“In a corner of Oakland, residents waged a seven-year battle to revive a litter-strewn, rundown park. Children wrote city officials and even gathered on the cracked asphalt, using chalk to draw their dreams of what the park could be. The renewed park opened in October.

Oakland’s success is being repeated in other cities as children, parents, neighborhood activists and public officials pool their talents to create or refurbish playgrounds in urban communities where kids often have nowhere to play but the street or vacant lots.”