Magazine article Parks & Recreation

New Study Ranks U.S. Urban Park Systems

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

New Study Ranks U.S. Urban Park Systems

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A study released by the Trust for Public Land has ranked Minneapolis, Boston, and Cincinnati as the country's top three urban park systems, respectively. Following closely behind were Chicago, Denver, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. The study, undertaken by the TPL and published by the Urban Land Institute, analyzes park systems in the nation's 25 largest cities based on 15 indicators of park performance and offers a brief history of each city's park system.

"This is the first time anyone has ever taken a hard look at how these large park systems are performing," says author Peter Harnik. "The results show that the cities with the most successful park systems have strong leadership, strong public support, and an entrepreneurial spirit within their parks department."

Creating successful city parks is a top concern across the country. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in June, the growing demand for parks and open space was cited as one of the biggest challenges for urban leaders today.

"Parks contribute greatly to the quality of life and economic health of our cities," says TPL President Will Rogers. …

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