Four-score! Trust for Public Land names Minneapolis top park system fourth year in a row

May 26, 2016 by Janette Law

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) named Minneapolis the #1 park system in America today, marking the fourth time that the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board has taken home the prestigious ParkScore® honor.

In 2015, St. Paul shared the top spot with Minneapolis. This year, thanks to median park size, and number of dog parks and basketball hoops, Minneapolis edged its sister city by about four points on a 100-point scale. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul are “five park bench” cities, along with Washington D.C.

The recognition comes as the Minneapolis Park Board recommitted to the city’s 160 neighborhood parks through a historic funding agreement reached with the city of Minneapolis. The agreement will see about $11 million dedicated to neighborhood parks annually for 20 years.

TPL introduced the Park Score rankings in 2012 to measure how well cities are meeting their communities’ needs for parks. Criteria includes percent of parkland, parkland within walking distance of residents, and spending per capita. Minneapolis has topped the list every year since the city became eligible in 2013.

Congratulations to the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board on the well-deserved honor!

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