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City park facts: Minneapolis has 9 top ten rankings this year….

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has nine 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.

Minneapolis is one the 100 largest US cities and ranked number 1 overall in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  But, more exciting is its individual rankings in nine out of the twenty categories that we are tracking:

  • #7 – 95% of population within a 10-minute walk to a park
  • #2 – 2.5 Recreation/Senior Centers per 20,000 residents (51)
  • #2 – 4.8 Ball Diamonds per 10,000 residents (195)
  • #3 – 2.9 Beaches per 100,000 residents (12)
  • #7 – 0.9 Pickleball courts per 20,000 residents (19)
  • #10 – 1.5 skateboard parks per 100,000 residents (6)
  • #4 – 11.8 Volleyball nets per 100,000 residents (48)
  • #3 – 69.6 restrooms per 100,000 residents (284)
  • #4 (tie) – 1.7 golf courses per 100,000 residents (7)

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 your continued help and involvment. 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

City Park Facts: Cincinnati has the most top ten rankings

Cincinnati Parks has twelve 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.

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

  • #3 (tie) – 8.9 parks per 10,000 residents
  • #2 – 5.0 Playgrounds per 10,000 residents
  • #4 – 2.2 Recreation/Senior Centers per 20,000 residents (34)
  • #4 – 3.9 Ball Diamonds per 10,000 residents (119)
  • #7 (3 way tie) – 1.0 Disc Golf courses per 100,000 residents (3)
  • #1 – 2.0 Nature centers per 100,000 residents (6)
  • #9 (tie) – 0.7 Pickleball courts per 20,000 residents (10)
  • #2 – 7.9 Swimming pools per 100,000 residents (24)
  • #2 – 17.4 Volleyball nets per 100,000 residents (53)
  • #6 – 4.6 Splash pads per 100,000 residents (14)
  • #4 – 62.7 restrooms per 100,000 residents (191)
  • #1 – 2.0 golf courses per 100,000 residents (6)

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.

100 Largest Cities: Seattle

Freeway Park fountains, Downtown Seattle

In anticipation of the release of City Park Facts next month and ParkScore in late May, we thought we’d start profiling some of the 100 largest cities that are featured in both City Park Facts and ParkScore. First up is Seattle, Washington, ranked 13 out of 100 in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  (Seattle is behind #12 San Diego and just ahead of #14 Oakland.)  And for those of you keeping track of how Seattle and Portland compare, Portland is ranked #6.)

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Activity in Downtown Seattle Parks

We were able to visit Seattle and some of their parks last fall and the accompanying pictures were taken during our trip.  We can obviously only scratch the surface of a city in just a few days, but wanted to share a few statistics.

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Seattle has 6,590 acres of parkland out a total of 52,765 acres overall.  That’s 12.5 percent of the total city acreage. The median size of a park in Seattle is 2.4 acres, they have a population density of 12.3 people per acre and spend $274.96 per resident.

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Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle

Check out the interactive ParkEvaluator map from Parkscore and see where Seattle ranks in terms of a 10-minute walk to a park.  (we ranked the 37 out of a maximum of 40 points, which is excellent)

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Street / public staircase, Seattle

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department works with many community and non-profit groups to maintain, improve and program their parks. Check out the Seattle Parks Foundation, Downtown Seattle Association’s Urban Parks Partnership, and Forterra and the Seattle office of the Trust for Public Land.

Stay tuned more profiles on parks in the 100 largest US cities in the coming weeks.  Please contact us at ccpe@tpl.org or post a comment to the blog, we’d love to hear from you.

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Bike tour in Olympic Sculpture Park.

 

100 Largest Cities: Austin

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Lady Bird Lake, Butler Trail and Auditorium Shores, Austin

Austin, the capital of Texas, is a well known destination for music, food as well as tech. Part of our 100 largest US cities list for our annual publications –  City Park Facts and ParkScore, Austin was ranked 47th out of 100 in 2016.

Parkscore 2017 will be released in late May, 2017, so stay tuned for the latest results on where Austin stacks up in 2017.

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Butler Trail, Lady Bird Lake, downtown Austin

Half of the Center for City Park Excellence team (1 of 2) lived in Austin for over a decade and thoroughly enjoyed their park system. The city stretches over 186,902 acres and 14.6% of that is park land. Austin spends $92.14 per resident and the oldest park is Pease Park, established by a donation of land by the Pease family in 1876.  To see where Austin meets the 10-minute walk to a park goal, check out our Park Evaluator map for the city.

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Shoal Creek inside Pease Park, Austin.

One of the most famous linear parks (out of many) is the Butler Trail that circles a big chunk of Lady Bird Lake (a portion of the Colorado River of Texas).  A newly added boardwalk portion closed a gap in the trail.  The views from the boardwalk are breathtaking and it connects to many other parks and trails in the heart of downtown Austin.

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Shoal Creek Trail, Pease Park, Austin

Austin boasts a great volunteer culture and a number of non-profit parks organizations are working with the City to expand, improve and program parks. They include the Austin Parks Foundation, the Trail Foundation, the Pease Park Conservancy, The Hill Country Conservancy’s Violet Crown Trail project and the Shoal Creek Conservancy. One of the exciting projects about to break ground is the Waller Creek Conservancy’s project to transform Waller Creek that runs through the heart of inner city neighborhoods, the University of Texas and downtown Austin.  The Trust for Public Land has helped acquire parkland in both the city of Austin and surrounding counties as well, most recently for the Balcones National Wildlife Refuge.

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Interactive Fountain, Town Lake Park, Austin.

We welcome your comments on Austin and other 100 largest US cities parks systems that we research, analyze and report on. You can reach us at ccpe@tpl.org or by commenting on this post.