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Categories that we report on in City Park Facts

Our 2017 edition of City Park Facts will be posted on the Trust for Public Land’s website on Thursday, April 20th.  City Park Facts is the latest national overview by The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence focusing on the 100 largest US cities’ parks systems.

We work to make cities more successful through the renewal and creation of parks for their social, ecological, and economic benefits to residents and visitors alike. To achieve this mission, we believe that residents, advocates, park professionals, planners, members of the media, decision-makers, and all those who love parks need solid data that elucidates the realities of urban park and recreation systems. Data is knowledge, and knowledge is power.

We report on a variety of park metrics as well as amenities.  During the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting how some of the 100 largest US cities faired in the following categories: (click on the links for previous posts on City Park Facts)

  1. # of parks per 10,000 residents
  2. % of population within a ten-minute walk
  3. Ball Diamonds
  4. Basketball Hoops
  5. Beaches
  6. Community garden plots
  7. Disc Golf Courses
  8. Golf Courses
  9. Nature Centers
  10. Off-leash dog parks
  11. Pickleball
  12. Playgrounds
  13. Recreation/Senior Centers
  14. Restrooms
  15. Splash pads
  16. Skateboard parks
  17. Swimming Pools
  18. Tennis Courts
  19. Volleyball Courts
  20. Volunteers

While we focus in the City Park Facts publication by category, we’ll be posting the cities who have the most top tens including: Cincinnati, Madison, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Omaha, Cleveland, Norfolk, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Washington DC and Virginia Beach.

So, stay tuned for a big week next week!

City Park Facts is a collaboration between the many city, county, state and nonprofit parks agencies and conservancies that work with us to submit their data and we appreciate their continued help and involvement. The staff of the Center for City Park Excellence works to present this information in a thorough yet easy-to-use format.

Your feedback is important for future editions. You can contact us at ccpe@tpl.org.

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