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City park facts: Seattle has five top ten rankings in 2017

The Seattle Park Parks and Recreation Department has five top ten rankings in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts.

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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.

Seattle is one the 100 largest US cities and ranked number 13 overall in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  But, more exciting is its individual rankings in five out of the twenty categories that we are tracking:

  • #8 (tie) – 93% of population within a 10-minute walk to a park
  • #4 in spending per resident – $252 total, $204 operating, $47 capital (all per resident)
  • #9-two way tie – 1.3 Beaches per 100,000 residents (9)
  • #5 – 1.7 Community Garden Plots per 1,000 residents (1113)
  • #6 (tie) – 1.6 skateboard parks per 100,000 residents (11)

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.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.  Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.  To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.

Madison: 9 top ten rankings in 2017 City Park Facts

The City of Madison Parks and Recreation has nine top ten rankings in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts, which will be released Thursday, April 20, on www.tpl.org.

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.

Madison is one the 100 largest US cities and ranked number 10 overall (tied with Cincinnati) in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  But what is even more exciting is its individual rankings in nine out of the twenty categories that we are tracking:

  • #1 – 11.6 parks per 10,000 residents
  • #1 – 7.1 Playgrounds per 10,000 residents (173)
  • #1 – 9.8 Basketball hoops per 10,0000 residents (239)
  • #5 (Tie) – 4.1 off-leash dog parks (10)
  • #1 – 4.9 Beaches per 100,000 residents (12)
  • #3 – 3.0 Community Garden Plots per 1,000 residents (739)
  • #2 – 1.7 Pickleball courts per 20,000 residents (21)
  • #7 – 10.7 Volleyball nets per 100,000 residents (26)
  • #8 – 1.6 golf courses per 100,000 residents (4)

City Park Facts is a collboration 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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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.

Trash to Treasure – Landfills to Green Space

We recently spoke with CBRE’s Blueprint website on the process of conerting landsfills to parks and we wanted to share the resulting article.

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17,555 Basketball Hoops

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Opening of New York City Park, Assist by Dad.

Other than playgrounds, basketball hoops are something that you can count on in nearly all city parks. City continue to add them, the current total in the 100 largest cities is 17,555, an average of 2.97 per 100,000 residents. That’s an increase of 915 from last year’s total of 16,640.

In terms of sheer numbers, New York City bounces to the top with 3,110, followed by Chicago with 1,076, Philadelphia with 640, Houston with 514 and San Diego with 385.

In terms of our City Park Facts measurement of “per 100,000 residents,” Madison is first with 9.8 (239 hoops), Norfolk, VA second with 8.2 (203 total), St. Paul third with 7.46 (220 hoops), Richmond fourth with 6.6 (146 hoops) and Buffalo fifth with 6.3 (165 hoops.)

Learn more about City Park trends in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts, coming April 20 to tpl.org. If you have questions or comments about this or other city park facts, contact us at ccpe@tpl.org and follow @cityparkfacts on Twitter.