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City Park Facts 2018: Spending in the 100 largest cities

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City Park Facts 2018 was released by The Trust for Public Land on August 22, 2018.  Published annually, its an almanac of information on public park systems of the 100 largest U. S. cities.  20 percent (65 million people) of the U. S. population lives in these cities.

The combined public parks agencies reported a total of $7.5 billion in spending, up from the $7.1 billion that we reported in 2017. This trend is likely a result of department budgets being rebuilt slowly as cities recover from the Great Recession of 2008. The median figure that the 100 largest cities spend per resident on parks and recreation is $83, when looking at public and private spending combined, and $82 per person of public agency dollars.

Further, 167 parks non-profits operating in the 100 largest U. S. cities spent an additional $500 million on public park programming, operations, maintenance and improvements.

Combined, over $8 B was spent to manage  22,764 parks covering more than 2.1 million acres inside the 100 largest U. S. cities.

There’s a lot more in this year’s City Park Facts report, including our “year in parks” executive summary, 99 individual city profile pages and all data collected available for download. Download a copy of City Park Facts 2018 at www.tpl.org/10minutewalk

Send us your comments, questions or suggestions at ccpe@tpl.org

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