For Immediate Release
June 14, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Boston has landed near the top of the 2013 ParkScore list compiled by The Trust for Public Land ranking how much access citizens have to parks and park amenities. The annual report uses mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well the 50 largest cities in the United States are meeting the need for parks.
Boston tied with San Francisco and Sacramento for the third best overall ParkScore ranking. Only Minneapolis and New York City, first and second place respectively, received higher marks. Boston earned four “park benches” on the index which rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches.
“We are proud of the fact that Boston has so many easily accessible parks and welcome the recognition from The Trust for Public Land and our high ranking in the ParkScore index,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “From the pastoral expanses of the world-famous Emerald Necklace to our smallest neighborhood playground, Boston’s residents have a wide variety of well-maintained parks providing them with opportunities to exercise or just relax within a short walk from their homes.”
ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); park size, which is based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.
Boston not only scored third for the overall ParkScore ranking, the city also ranked among the top cities on a few measures. With 97 percent of Bostonians living within a 10-minute walk of a park, Boston scored second among all cities for this measurement. The city also made the top 10 when evaluated for amount of park space, with nearly 16% percent of the city devoted to parks. In addition, Boston was fifth across all ParkScore cities on the playground measurement.
“You can’t have a great city without great parks,” said Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land. “Parks bring neighbors together and help create a sense of community. They give kids and parents a place to play, walk around, and just relax and experience nature.”
For more information about ParkScore, please visit www.parkscore.tpl.org.