MN City Loses Its Title for Best Park System to East Coast Rival
After a three-year run, Minneapolis has has been dethroned as having the "best parks system" in the country.
The Trust for Public Land just revealed the 2019 list of the best park systems across the US, and Washington D.C. outranked Minneapolis.
St. Paul retains its position as second best park system while Minneapolis dropped from first to third.
The Trust for Public Land ranked park systems in the top 100 largest cities in the country based on four important characteristics: acreage, investment, amenities, and access. The reason for the index was to determine the cities with the most need of parks or improved parks.
According to the index, 15% of St. Paul's city land is used for parks and recreation, and 98% of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. Minneapolis also allocates 15% of its city land to parks and recreation while 96% of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. Comparatively, 21% of Washington D.C. is used for parks and recreation while 98% of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
The top 10 cities with the best park systems according to The Trust for Public Land are:
- Washington D.C.
- St. Paul, MN
- Minneapolis, MN
- Arlington, VA
- Portland, OR
- Irvine, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Cincinnati, OH
- New York, NY
- Chicago, IL
Check out a full listing of best park systems in the country here.