The Trust for Public Land just released its most recent report on statistics related to city parks, showing that the 77 largest city park systems nationwide provide more than 1.3 million acres of parkland. The 77 cities added more than 5,000 acres of parkland as the public turns to local parks in a time when fewer people have money to travel.
The public amenities offer a variety of facilities available to everyone. Big-city park departments last year offered 56 million urban residents 10,419 park playgrounds, 1,290 swimming pools, 466 dog parks, and 386 public golf courses, while spending $5.7 billion on their park and recreation systems.
New Poll Shows Increased Visits to Local Parks
A poll asking U.S. residents about their local park usership was also conducted to accompany release of the data by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Trust for Public Land.
One fifth of American park users have increased their visits to local parks and playgrounds during this recent period of economic difficulty, and a third of families with children have increased their visits to parks and playgrounds.
More than seventy percent of surveyed park visitors say they are using parks as much now as they were when the economy was strong.
“The poll results indicate both a strong, consistent use of local parks and playgrounds and a renewed recognition of their value in tight economic times,” said Peter Harnik, Director of TPL’s Center for City Park Excellence. “This poll underscores the importance of maintaining and enhancing parks and playgrounds in cities, even during tough times.”
The full City Park Facts 2009 collection of statistics and information is abailable through the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.