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City Park Facts: Cities with most top ten rankings

We’re working to share news and aspects of The Trust for Public Land’s City Parks Facts 2018 report, which debuted on 8/22/18.  The data that we collect is pretty wide ranging and there’s a lot to talk about.  We wanted to share another aspect of City Park Facts and that’s the cities who hav the most top ten rankings in the amentiies, acreage, and visitation categories.

First is Louisville with eleven top ten rankings.

Tied for second are Cincinnati and Madison, each with nin top ten rankings.

Third are perennial ParkScore winners Minneapolis and St. Paul, with eight top ten rankings each.

Fourth are Anchorage and Arlington, VA, with seven top ten rankings each.

Details about each city and where they stnad in terms of individual categories follow.  Download the individual city profiles at www.tpl.org/10minutewalk

Louisville has eleven top ten rankings, the most of any of the 100 largest cities.  Louisville is ranked 1st in restrooms, golf courses, splash pads and tennis courts. Louisville is ranked 2nd in playgrounds, 3rd in baseball diamonds, 4th in trail miles, 5th in community gardens, 7th in nature centers, 8th in basketball hoops, and has the 5th largest city park, Jefferson Memorial Forest.

profile-louisville

Cincinnati has nine top ten rankings. Cincinnati is ranked 1st in nature centers, 2nd in golf courses, 4th in baseball diamonds, 5th in disc golf courses and basketball hoops, 6th in restrooms, 9th in playgrounds and 10th in splash pads.

profile-cincinnati

Madison has nine top ten rankings. Madison is ranked 1st in playgrounds, 2nd in disc golf courses, 3rd in basketball hoops, ice rinks and Pickleball courts, 4th in community garden plots, 6th in dog parks, 8th in volleyball nets, and 10th in golf courses.

profile-madison

Minneapolis has eight top ten rankings. Minneapolis is ranked 1st in ice rinks, 2nd in both recreation & senior centers and baseball diamonds, 3rd in beaches, 4th in restrooms, 6th in golf courses, 10th in volleyball nets and has the 10th most visited park, the Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

St. Paul has eight top ten rankings. St. Paul is ranked first in baseball diamonds and community garden plots. St. Paul is ranked 2nd in ice rinks, Pickleball and restrooms. St. Paul is ranked 7th in basketball hoops and trail miles and 9th in recreation & senior centers.

Arlington, Virginia has seven top ten rankings. Arlington, Virginia ranks 8th in park acreage per 1,000 residents. They are 4th in nature centers, 6th in playgrounds, 7th in tennis courts, 9th in both Pickleball courts and community gardens and ranked 10th in dog parks.

Anchorage has seven top ten rankings. They are number 1 in terms of percentage of the city that is parkland, at a whopping 84%. They have the 9th largest park: Far North Bicentennial Park.  Anchorage is ranked 3rd in trails, 4th in ice rinks, 8th in restrooms and 9th in disc golf courses.

If you have questions, comments or thoughts about City Park Facts, please let us know – ccpe@tpl.org is the easiest way to reach us! @Parks for People

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