Oklahoma City low on parks ranking list, but should move up soon
Oklahoma City's park system ranks among the worst of the 40 biggest cities in the country in a survey by the Trust for Public Land, a group dedicated to creating and conserving parks in the U.S. But city and trust officials think Oklahoma City won't be near the bottom for long.
Oklahoma City wound up near the bottom of a list that ranks the best public parks systems in the 40 biggest U.S. cities.
But not only do officials here expect to be moving up the list soon, but even the list-
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By the numbers
Best public park systems
1. San Francisco
2. Sacramento, Calif.
3. Boston (tie)
3. New York (tie)
6. Portland, Ore.
7. Virginia Beach, Va.
8. San Diego
Worst public park systems
31. Tucson, Ariz. (tie)
31. Memphis, Tenn. (tie)
33. Oklahoma City
34. Jacksonville, Fla.
35. San Antonio
36. Indianapolis (tie)
36. Mesa, Ariz. (tie)
38. Louisville, Ky.
39. Charlotte, N.C.
40. Fresno, Calif.
Source: Trust for Public Land's ParkScore Rankings
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For more information, go to ParkScore.TPL.org.
We're very impressed with what's going on in Oklahoma City. Hopefully, Oklahoma City will climb up in the rankings year by year.”
The Trust for Public Land, a San Francisco-
But with more investment recently in parks and the massive MAPS 3 Core to Shore park on the way, Oklahoma City's parks system is bound to move up in the rankings.
“We're very impressed with what's going on in Oklahoma City,” said Peter Harnik, director of the trust's Center for City Park Excellence.
“Hopefully, Oklahoma City will climb up in the rankings year by year.”
City's size hampers rank
The ParkScore system ranks parks based on the amount of park space relative to the city's size, the number of playgrounds and the number of people who live within a 10 minute walk to a public park, among other things.
“That works favorably for a highly densely populated city like a Boston or a San Francisco, but for a city that has vast areas of undeveloped land or sparsely populated land like ours, it works against you,” said city Parks and Recreation Director Wendel Whisenhunt.
Cities that developed largely after the use of cars became widespread are at a disadvantage when it comes to parks because of their size, Harnik said.
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