Steve Gauvin installs a lock on a door at the L. L. Bean flagship store, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. L. L. Bean closed all its retail stores to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The flagship store, which is usually opens 24 hours a day, did not have locks on most of its doors. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

FREEPORT — L.L. Bean is awarding grants for creation and improvement of outdoor spaces in New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

The retailer, in partnership with The Trust for Public Lands, announced $50,000 grants for each of the projects.

In Newark, New Jersey, the grant will help create an urban farm at West Side High School; in Huntington, Vermont, the grant will go to the Securing Access at Huntington Community Forest; in Callicoon, New York, the grant will help construct a 47.5-acre park.

L.L. Bean is spending $1 million over five years on the partnership with The Trust for Public Lands. They aim to ensure that there’s a quality park within walking distance of everyone in the U.S.

Close-to-home parks are more important than ever, said Diane Regas, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land.

“I’m thrilled that L.L.Bean is committed to accelerating park and open space creation right now in communities that need it most,” she said.