Minneapolis ranks No. 1 for best park system in U.S.

Loring Park in Minneapolis. Minneapolis was ranked no. 1 for having the best park system in the U.S. St. Paul was ranked no. 2. // Image via Minnpost.com

Loring Park in Minneapolis. Minneapolis was ranked no. 1 for having the best park system in the United States. St. Paul came in second.

Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 5th annual ParkScore® index, which was released today.

Minneapolis narrowly edged out St. Paul for the top spot. The cities tied for first in 2015.

Washington, DC, placed third, finishing ahead of neighboring Arlington, Virginia.

San Francisco, Portland, New York, Irvine, Boston, Cincinnati, and Madison rounded out the top 10 (Cincinnati and Madison tied for 10th).

In addition to ranking park systems in the 100 most populous U.S. cities, ParkScore also provides a one-to-five park bench rating summary that provides a snapshot of local park quality. In 2016, three cities received the highest possible 5-bench rating: Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Washington, DC.

The Trust for Public Land also reported that returning ParkScore cities increased spending on parks by an average of $1 per person in 2016.


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