According to Trust for Public Land’s annual report card for U.S. parks, a third of city residents don’t have a park within walking distance
This is the era of superstar park projects, from the High Line to the Beltline. But according to the Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore Index, an annual report card of sorts that evaluates parks and park access in the nation’s largest cities, the modest neighborhood park is playing an ever-more vital role as a public space, gathering place, and environmental asset.
And as the nation diversifies, so do its parks, according to Charlie McCabe, director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City park Excellence.
“Parks are places for the public and for everybody to go and use, and they should reflect the needs and wants and desires of a country that continues to get more diverse,” he says. “As the country gets more urban, parks departments are trying to adapt and respond, getting more creative, and continuing to evolve and change. It’s a pretty dynamic situation.”
The 2019 Parkscore index, released earlier today, evaluates the nation’s top 100 cities on the basis of a mix of amenities, growth, and access. Stats show Americans investing significant time and money in their park systems; last year, they devoted 15.9 million hours of volunteer time working for parks and nonprofit groups, while governments at all levels spent $7.1 billion on park and recreation centers.
While spending on parks and recreation has recovered from the post-Recession dip, there’s still a lack of access and equity. According to Trust for Public Land research, there are 23,727 total parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities, but 11.2 million people in those cities, or 28 percent of residents, aren’t within a 10-minute walk of a park. Only San Francisco and Boston can guarantee that level of access to all their citizens.
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