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Which of America's Cities Has the Most Plentiful Parks?

Emily Badger looks at the latest "ParkScore" rankings released by the Trust for Public Land (TPL). Using advanced GIS, TPL ranks America's fifty largest cities by evaluating factors including park access, size, services and investment.

By expanding their evaluation from the United States' forty largest cities to fifty, the Trust for Public Land has found a new victor in its annual evaluation of the country's best park systems: Minneapolis. "The parks there are plentiful, they're large (spanning more than 36,000 acres of the entire city), they have real amenities (2.9 playgrounds per every 10,000 residents), and the city actually spends money on them ($210 per resident per year)," writes Badger. 

"Here is this year's Top 10, which differs in a few ways from last year," she notes. "In that previous list, the Trust only looked at the 40 largest cities (leaving out No. 48 Minneapolis). Southern cities are conspicuously absent:

  • 1. Minneapolis
  • 2. New York
  • 3. Boston (tie)
  • 3. Sacramento (tie)
  • 3. San Francisco (tie)
  • 6. Washington, D.C.
  • 7. Portland
  • 8. Virginia Beach
  • 9. San Diego
  • 10. Seattle
Full Story: What We Can Learn About a City by Mapping Its Parks

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