Minneapolis still has best parks in America, study says

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Loring Park, one of 197 park properties in Minneapolis.
For the second year running, the city of Minneapolis has been honored for having the best parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land's 2014 "ParkScore" rankings.

Like last year, the City of Lakes stands alone at the top of the list with a "5.0 park benches" score. New York is second with a 4.5 score, with Boston, Portland, and San Francisco tied for third with a 4.0 rating.

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The Trust for Public Land's methodology factors in park acreage (median park size and park size as a percentage of a city's area), service and investment (spending per resident and playgrounds per 10,000 residents, and access (percentage of the population living within a 10-minute walk of a public park).

Last year, NYC's second-place ranking prompted an entertaining outburst of Minneapolis-denigrating butthurt from a Brooklyn-based editor. We haven't seen anything along those lines this time around, but for their part, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board officials are proud of the honor.

"We're thrilled to receive this prestigious honor from the Trust for Public Land a second time," Jayne Miller, superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, says in a statement sent our way after we asked park board officials for comment. "When residents voted for an independent Park Board in 1883, they most likely didn't envision a park system that would grow to 6,790 acres of parkland serving more than 21 million visits each year. Today we honor the legacy that created the park system, and continue our work to ensure that parks and park services are accessible to everyone, with a focus on the most diverse, underserved areas of the city. Our strong community relationships, public, private and non-profit partnerships make this possible."

But Minneapolis officials vow to not rest on their laurels.

"As our city grows and draws families to new neighborhoods, our park system must evolve," Susan Schmidt, Minnesota state office director for the Trust for Public Land, says in the statement. "At The Trust for Public Land, we're working especially hard to increase park space downtown, along the riverfront, and in underserved neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis. That's what it will take to stay number one into the future."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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andrea595
andrea595

Yeah, until they run the light rail between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. You know that awesome little channel there? That'll be gone. Also, one wrong move in the light rail construction and the water tables for Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Cedar Lake will be decimated. We'll be known as the City of Swamps. Awesome.

Enjoy your parks while they last. If the unelected Met Council has it's way, they'll be swampland in no time. But, they, the developers who I'm suspect have big plans for the light rail stops (which are nowhere where the population is) will make a boatload of money, I'm sure.

Eric Lee
Eric Lee

They would be better if they weren't frozen nearly 2/3 of the year

erinsikink
erinsikink

i think that our parks are just the best. the BEST. if i had to live in another city it would be chanhassen, they have some really nice parks too.  But if i wasnt going to live in chanhassen OR minneapolis i would consider Duluth. Basically the lake is just one big park HAHAHHA!!!!

Sandra Maurel
Sandra Maurel

Minneapolis is a beautiful city and also a seasonal place to live.

Eric Hurst
Eric Hurst

Eh. What about colorado huh Kevin Cooley

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Chris Holbrook would disagree.


Brandon Peterson
Brandon Peterson

Ryan Feiner used to go to the parks with Hermann until they were banned

Elie Maalouf
Elie Maalouf

Ya apparently we also have the most beaches! Considering it's pretty much lakes

DToday
DToday

i would have to disagree with the no beer in the park thing people are ranting about, ever been to Steven's Square or the park by the MIA? 

Brad E Johnson
Brad E Johnson

Very nice, now we just need to get on board with the German idea of beer gardens!

Michael Marken
Michael Marken

You can have beer in Minnehaha Park...from Sea Salt.

Lucas Pujols Sorensen
Lucas Pujols Sorensen

and you cant even have a beer in any of them. Hey who of you out there is in agreement with that rule.

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