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Survey of city parks

Chugach State Park in Anchorage, the nation's largest urban park (image by Robert Cushing via

Chugach State Park in Anchorage, the nation's largest urban park, at 495,000 acres (photo by Robert Cushing via

The Trust for Public Land, a national, non-profit land conservation organization, has released its annual city park survey, revealing some interesting statistics about the nation’s urban parkland.  Some notable facts from the survey:

  • New York City has the most parkland as a percentage of city land–19.6%–of high-density cities in the US.  San Diego tops intermediate-density cities with 21.9%, and Anchorage trumps all low-density cities with a whopping 39.9%.
  • Washington D.C. leads all high-density cities in total acres of parkland per 1,000 residents with 12.9 acres.
  • San Francisco spends more tax dollars ($300) per person on parks than any other city in the nation. The national average is $100 per person.
  • Central Park is the nation’s most visited park, with 25 million visitors a year. That’s more than five times the number of annual visitors to the Grand Canyon. Chicago’s Lincoln Park is next highest with 20 million visitors; Balboa Park in San Diego, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Forest Park in St. Louis round out the top five.

September 10, 2009 - Posted by | FKP | , ,

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