Colorado Springs ranks 23rd in public parks


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America the Beautiful Park in March 2010. - FILE PHOTO
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  • America the Beautiful Park in March 2010.

Colorado Springs is incredibly passionate about providing open space. So passionate, in fact, that it's surprising to see that the Trust for Public Land only ranked the city 23rd among the 60 largest cities in the country. (The Springs is 41st-largest, if you care.)

Still, it's a better finish than Jacksonville (51), San Antonio (53) or the place we're always being compared against, Oklahoma City (55).

Topping the list were Minneapolis and New York, with Boston, San Francisco and Portland tying for third. Denver finished seventh.

More from the press release:

"ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: Park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); Park size, which is based on a city's median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and Services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending"

And here are some details about our "ParkScore":
· The city has a median park size of 6.6 acres. This is above the national average of 6 acres.
· The percent of city residents living within a 10 minute walk of a park is 68%. This is also just above the national average of 64.6%.
· Park spending per resident is $49.76. That is fairly below the national average of $98.59/resident.
· The number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents is higher than the national average (3.4 compared to 2.3).


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