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The Trust for Public Land Releases 2013 ParkScore Index

June 5, 2013 Comments off

The Trust for Public Land Releases 2013 ParkScore Index

Source: Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land Releases 2013 ParkScore® Index, Rating Park Systems in 50 Largest U.S. Cities Minneapolis unseats San Francisco as nation’s top park system; New York ranks 2nd as Fresno repeats last place finish SAN FRANCISCO , Ca. -

Minneapolis took top honors in The Trust for Public Land’s 2nd annual ParkScore index, earning the first perfect "5 park bench" rating from the nonprofit organization. Defending champion San Francisco fell from first place to third, and New York improved from third place to second. For the second consecutive year, Fresno, California, was the lowest-rated city park system.

Minneapolis was not rated by ParkScore in 2012 and was included this year because the index expanded to the 50 largest cities in the United States, up from the 40 largest last year. Minneapolis is the 48th largest U.S. city, according to the Census Bureau.


ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: Park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately 1/2-mile); Park size, which is based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and Services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.

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2011 City Park Facts

March 14, 2012 Comments off
Trust for Public Land
The total area covered by urban parkland in the United States exceeds one and a half million acres, with parks ranging in size from the jewel-like 1.7-acre Post Office Square in Boston to the gargantuan 490,125-acre Chugach State Park in Anchorage. And their usage dwarfs that of the national parks—the most popular major parks, such as Lincoln Park in Chicago receive upwards of 20 million users each year, and New York’s Central Park gets about 35 million visits annually—more than seven times as many to the Grand Canyon.
Some cities have plenty of parkland that’s well distributed around town; others have enough land but an inequitable distribution; others are short of even a basic amount of park space for their citizens.
Through an annual survey, the Center for City Park Excellence maintains the nation’s most complete database of park facts for the 100 most populous U.S. cities. With the help of CCPE data, you can see how your city compares to others.

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