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City park facts: Cleveland Parks has six top ten rankings in 2017

Cleveland Parks has six top ten rankings in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts.

The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence works 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.

Cleveland is one the 100 largest US cities and ranked number 43 overall (tied with Boise, Colorado Springs, and Norfolk) in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  But, more exciting is its individual rankings in six out of the twenty categories that we are tracking:

  • #6 -6.0 Basketball hoops per 10,0000 residents (230)
  • #6 -3.7 Ball Diamonds per 10,000 residents (142)
  • #9 ( tie) – 1.3 Beaches per 100,000 residents (5)
  • #1 – 10.9 Swimming pools per 100,000 residents (42)
  • #4 – 7.0 Splash pads per 100,000 residents (27)
  • #7 – 54.4 restrooms per 100,000 residents (209)

Two organizations manage the parks and public spaces in and around the city of Cleveland. The city of Cleveland has both park and recreation divisions within its Department of Public Works. Cleveland Metroparks is a separate organization that owns and manages parks and open space in the greater Cleveland Metro area.

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


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