Well Minneapolis is Number One in yet another category! This time in the Trust for Public Land’s second annual ParkScore index where Minneapolis was rated has having the top city park system in the United States. My last blog post was on how the Twin Cities were the fittest in the United States and perhaps the two are linked because well people have a place to go and be active.
The article says that the Minneapolis system, which includes 197 parks covering 6,744 acres, is visited annually by 20 million people. ParkScore does their rating on three factors.
1. Park Access - Measures the percentage of residents living within about a half-mile of a park.
2. Park Size - Based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks.
3. Services and Investment - a combination of the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita spending.
Minneapolis scored strongly in all three categories the article goes on to say. For the full story from USA Today click on the title above.