Minneapolis has the best parks in the nation and it isn't even close, study says
|Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Park.|
:::: UPDATE :::: NYC editor disses Minneapolis's awesome parks: The city "is in like, Canada or something"
The ParkScore numbers are based on three factors: the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk from a park, median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks, and a combination of the number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents and per-capita park spending, the AP reports.
The rankings looked at the 50 largest U.S. cities and scored them on a scale up to 100. Minneapolis's score of 81 earned a "five park benches" rating. According to the Pioneer Press, it's the first time a city has received that distinction since the Trust has been compiling the ParkScore numbers.
New York City came in second with a score of 73.5, followed by a third-place tie between San Francisco, Sacramento, and Boston at 72.5.
St. Paul isn't large enough to be included in the rankings, but the Twin Cities as a whole reportedly still would've topped the list.
"Trust for Public Land officials ran the numbers... and found that the combined Minneapolis-St. Paul score is nearly unchanged when the capital city is added to the mix," the PiPress writes.
Perhaps Trust officials might have to create a new "six park benches" category if plans to convert the Star Tribune property into downtown Minneapolis's largest park by the time the new Vikings stadium opens come to fruition.
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