For the second year in a row, the Trust for Public Land ranks Minneapolis’ park system first in the nation. Minneapolis parks inched past St. Paul parks, which were ranked number two in the nation.
The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore Index was released on May 26th and gave a perfect score to the Minneapolis park system. Minneapolis scored higher than average in virtually every category. Categories included access to parks, park size and park amenities.
Ninety-five percent of Minneapolis residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park. Fifteen percent of Minneapolis’ land is dedicated to parks. The median size of a Minneapolis park is 6.5 acres, compared to St. Paul’s 3.7 percent median.
Jayne Miller, who is the superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is quoted in saying, “We are working continuously to improve our parks, with a focus on the most racially diverse and economically challenged areas in the city.” She goes on to say that “during the last five years, we have invested significantly in parks throughout the city.”
Adrian Benepe, the senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land says that “investing in park systems is great news for public health, the environment, and local economies”.
Parks near the Portland Tower include Elliot Park, Gold Medal Park and the new Commons Park being developed near U.S. Bank Stadium.