If Minneapolis had been ranked, we would have been at the top.

Minneapolis was not included in the recently published ParkScore rankings because: “The Trust for Public Land analyzed the park systems of the 40 largest cities by population within the city boundary. Some large metropolitan areas were not included because the core city is too small to rank within the largest 40 cities. These cities include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Miami, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.”

San Francisco was ranked highest according to this study. If Minneapolis had been included, we certainly would have been ranked in the top 5, if not higher. There were five areas measured, and for comparison, I found statistics for Minneapolis for two of the areas:

San Francisco Minneapolis
Park Land as
% of City Area
17.90% 16.60%
Spending per resident $291.66 <$200

Learn more about their methodology hereMinneapolis statistics come from previous Trust for Public Land studies.

Minneapolis is an attractive place to live–for a lot of reasons. We are a city with an abundance of green spaces–and with not one, but five swimmable lakes! Envisioning the wildness of Theodore Wirth Park or the beauty of the Cedar Lakes Trails disrupted by light rail threatens the core appeal of this city. You can improve a city’s “beer rankings” a lot easier than you can replace parkland. Once its gone–its usually gone for good.
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