The Midwestern city topped the Trust for Public Landís third
"ParkScore" survey, which ranks the quality of parks in the 60
largest U.S. cities.
The trust looked at how many residents could reach a park quickly by
foot, median park size, the percentage of total city area dedicated
to parks, per capita spending, and the number of playgrounds
available per 10,000 city residents.
ďThis yearís ParkScore results show that even outstanding park
systems must improve to stay on top," Peter Harnik, director of the
Trust for Public Landís Center for City Park Excellence, said in a
statement. "When population grows, more parks and playgrounds are
needed, but when city leaders get creative, they can meet the
Minneapolis received high marks for its parks system partly because
some 94 percent of its residents live within a 10-minute walk of a
While second-ranking New York registered 97 percent of its residents
within a 10-minute walk of a park, its low median park size - 1.1
acres compared with Minneapolisí 7.1-acres - took points from its
In this year's survey, Boston, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon,
tied for third place. Sacramento dropped from the top three, the
trust said, because population growth limited access to playgrounds.
On the upswing, Denver climbed 10 places this year to land in the
7th slot with Sacramento.
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Overall, West Coast cities dominated the top 10 local park systems,
while southern and southwestern cities such as Louisville, Charlotte
and Mesa, Arizona, were among the five cities with the
lowest-ranking park systems, the trust said.
Fresno, California, was rated as having the worst park system,
unchanged from last two year's ranking.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Steve
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