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City park facts: Madison has 9 top ten rankings in 2017

Madison Parks has nine 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.

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 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

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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13,544 Playgrounds

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Larch Park, Los Angeles

What feature of a park does everyone expect? A playground of course!  Playgrounds have grown in both number and sophistication over the years that the Trust for Public Land has been working on building and re-working them.  While the focus on safety as well as accessibility (as governed by local and state guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act (or the ADA as we often refer to it), there’s increasingly a fun element to them, as shown by these pictures.

In terms of our City Park Facts measurement of “per 10,000 residents,” Madison is #1 with 7.1 playgrounds per 10,000 residents (173 playgrounds), Cincinnati is #2 with 5.0 (152 playgrounds), Detroit #3 with 4.7 (309 playgrounds), Omaha #4 for 4.4 (193) and Norfolk #5 with 4.2 (103 playgrounds)

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Schoolyard Playground, New York City

In terms of overall numbers, New York City is first with 1,669 playgrounds, Chicago second with 660, Houston third with 452, Los Angeles fourth with 433 and Detroit fifth with 309.

Overall, there are 13,544 playgrounds in the 100 largest US cities. Since 2010, the number of playgrounds has increased over 17%, from 11,160, with 2,394 additional playgrounds added.

Some recent Trust for Public Land playground projects include New York City, Philadelphia, East Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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

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Infographic from City Park Facts

Community Gardens

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Infographic from City Park Facts, 2017

Community Gardens continue to grow in the parks of the 100 largest US cities. In 2017, there are a total of 1,138 community garden sites with 23,883 individual garden plots. This is an increase of 115 garden sites, adding 1,839 plots in the past year.

We measure community gardens in two ways for City Park Facts. Primarily, we focus on community garden plots – which are the specific garden plots or spaces that individuals or families get access to use for a season. A varied number of plots make up one community garden site, depending on the site, the parks agency and a host of other factors.

Further, it’s important to note that there are many more community gardens in other public and semi-public lands, including sites that might be targeted to build schools, housing or other public facilities. These are not counted in our totals, we we focus specifically on public parkland.

However, there are a number of organizations in US cities focused on providing information, tools and resources to locate and create public spaces, especially community gardens in non-park spaces.  A great example of the tools that these organizing efforts produce is in New York City with LivingLotsNYC.org, which one of several public is mapping tools developed by the Brooklyn based non-profit group, 596 Acres.

The 100 largest US cities with the most community garden sites are New York City with 346, Chicago #2 with 88, Portland #3 with 52, Washington DC with 49, and Seattle #5 with 48.

In terms of community garden plot totals, New York City is #1 with 3,420, Portland with 2,246, Washington DC with 2,300, and Los Angeles with 1,741 and San Francisco with 1,384.  

In terms of plots per 1,000 residents, Portland leads with 3.6, Washington, DC second with 3.5, Madison third with 3.0, and Milwaukee fourth with 1.8 and Seattle fifth with 1.7 plots per 1,000 residents.

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

Off-Leash Dog Parks

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Infographic from City Park Facts, 2017

Off-leash dog parks continue to grow in number in the 100 largest cities in the US, with 731 reported in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts, an increase of 29 new dog parks since 2016.  Leading the pack in terms of numbers are New York City with 133, San Francisco with 32, Portland, Oregon with 33 and Las Vegas with 26.

In terms of our “per 100,000 resident” counts, however, Boise is first with 6.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents. In second place, Henderson, Nevada is tied with Portland, Oregon with 5.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents; Norfolk, Virgina is #3 with 4.9, Las Vegas and Madison, Wisconsin are #4 with 4.1, and San Francisco is #5 with 3.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.

Unique among many dog parks are the communities of friends group that organize to help both manage and maintain the spaces as well as fostering community. One of the biggest challenges is keeping the areas, um, poo-free. Milling about with fellow neighbors and neighbors’ dogs creates a certain kind of “peer pressure” that encourages everyone to be mindful. And we’ve heard this phrase more than once from dog park organizers: “Its probably not your dog, but pick it up anyway!”

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