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The Trust for Public Land Unveils ParkScore™ Rankings for 40 Largest U.S. Cities

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SAN FRANCISCO May 23, 2012 San Francisco Sacramento Boston New York Arizona Fresno

ParkScore is the most comprehensive park rating system ever developed and was designed to help local communities identify where new parks are needed most and which park improvements can deliver the greatest impact.

ParkScores are based equally on three factors:

  • Park access,
  • Park size/acreage,
  • Services and investment,

ParkScore data and analysis were reviewed by local park system leaders to ensure accuracy.

ParkScore uses advanced GIS (geographic information system) computer mapping technology to create digital maps evaluating park accessibility, making it the most realistic assessment system available. Instead of simply measuring distance to a local park, ParkScore’s GIS technology takes into account the location of park entrances and physical obstacles to access. For example, if residents are separated from a nearby park by a major highway, ParkScore does not count the park as accessible to those residents (unless there is a bridge, underpass or easy access point across the highway).

According to The Trust for Public Land, the 10 highest ranking park systems are:


The 10 lowest ranking park systems are:



Christopher Kay

"No city received a perfect score in this inaugural release of the ParkScore ratings, and that means every city can improve. It’s critical to act now. A concerted effort to improve local park systems not only means a better ParkScore, but also a healthier, more beautiful, and more vibrant city. That’s something all city leaders should strive for," said Kay.

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SOURCE The Trust For Public Land

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