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City park facts: Saint Paul has 9 top ten rankings

The Saint Park Parks and Recreation Department 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.

Saint Paul 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 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 Creative Culture of Parks: Moving from Pop-ups to Permanent

Can pop-up parks and public space projects trigger investment in new public parks?  Is there a role for community-generated projects in the formal planning process?

ccop2The Miami Foundation is working to find out with its Miami Public Space Challenge, now going into its fifth year.  The Public Space Challenge uncovers the best ideas for creating, improving and activating parks, plazas, and local gathering places. Since 2013 more than 1,432 project submissions have been made and $870,000 awarded for 70 projects.  Continue reading