Park in a Truck Initiative
Park in a Truck Toolkit

Download the DIY Toolkit

With Park in a Truck DIY Toolkit, you can design, build and sustain your own unique greenspace for your community. The Toolkit is easy to follow, easy to build and easy to maintain – download it today! 

Park in a Truck allows communities to better themselves, and actually serves residents rather than displace them.

DeWayne Drummond President of Mantua Civic Association
Kimberlee Douglas, RWJ Grant

Landscape Architecture Program Director Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Grant

Kimberlee Douglas, Jefferson’s landscape architecture program director, has recently joined the next cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders with a Robert Wood Johnson grant supporting the Park in a Truck initiative.


Transforming Vacant Lots into Beautiful Parks in Philadelphia

The corner of 38th and Melon Streets is the subject of Thomas Jefferson University's "Park in a Truck" program, which enables community leaders like Drummond to organize and build green gathering spaces on previously empty land.


Park in a Truck on WHYY's Movers and Makers

"Park in a Truck” is a project developed by Kimberlee Douglas with her students at Thomas Jefferson University, where they created a DIY Toolkit for communities.

6+ Partners


  • City of Philadelphia
  • Empowered CDC
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mantua CDC
  • Audubon Mid-Atlantic

Dream. Build. Sustain.

Professor Kimberlee Douglas, Director, Landscape Architecture Professor at the College of Architecture & the Built Environment, started Park in a Truck in 2019. Students at Thomas Jefferson University Landscape Architecture Program learn how to build parks within Philadelphia communities.

By donating to Park in a Truck’s mission, communities can build green networks established through low-cost fast-turnaround renovations of under-utilized lots.