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August 23, 2014

5 Cities With the Most Parks Per Resident

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5 Cities With the Most Parks Per Resident

The Trust for Public Land recently evaluated the 50 largest cities in the U.S. to find out which ones offer the most land and money for their park systems, per resident. The nonprofit organization based its ParkScore ratings on three factors: park access for residents, park size, and municipal investment in the park systems. 

"You can't have a great city without great parks," says Adrian Benepe, senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land. "Parks bring neighbors together and help create a sense of community. They give kids and adults a place to play, walk around, and just relax and experience nature. That's why we believe that cities with great park systems tend to be healthier and have lower rates of obesity."

The following cities emerged on the top of the Trust for Public Land’s list for cities with best park systems: 

Minneapolis

  • Park land as percentage of the city area: 15.1%
  • Spending on parks per resident: $210

New York

  • Park land as percentage of city area: 19.7%
  • Spending on parks per resident: $160

San Francisco

  • Park land as percentage of city area: 17.9%
  • Spending on parks per resident: $281

Sacramento, Calif.

  • Park land as percentage of city area: 8.1%
  • Spending on parks per resident: $157

Boston

  • Park land as a percentage of city area: 15.9%
  • Spending on parks per resident: $110

Source: The Trust for Public Land and “Cities With the Best Parks,” CNNMoney (June 13, 2013)

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