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City Park Spending, Playgrounds, and Dog Parks are on the Rise

Off-leash dog parks lead the pack in new urban parks, growing 20% over the past five years and 6% in 2014, according to The Trust for Public Land’s most recent data on city park systems across the country.

The 2015 City Parks Facts report is the nation’s most complete compilation of data about parks in the nation’s largest 100 cities. The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that works to create parks and protect open space, releases the report annually through its Center for City Park Excellence. 

2015 City Park Facts calculates numerous measures of how city park systems serve their citizens. The total spending on parks and recreation in the 100 largest cities rose by 2.8% to $6.73 billion in 2014.  Based on data from 2014, the best-funded major city park and recreation systems were in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Arlington, Va., Minneapolis, and San Francisco.  The least-funded departments were in Hialeah, Fl., Stockton, Detroit, Jersey City, and Fresno.

Big-city park agencies last year offered 62 million urban residents 1.8 million acres of parkland. City park systems offer a wide range of places to play: remote natural areas and park playgrounds, community gardens and paved plazas, and sports fields and bike trails.

For more information, visit http://www.tpl.org/cityparkfacts.

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