St. Pete Ranks No. 1 in FL and 15 in U.S. for Parks System

St. Petersburg, Fla (July 25, 2018) – The Trust for Public Land, a national not-for-profit with a mission to “create parks and protect land for people”, has ranked the City of St. Petersburg No. 1 in Florida and No. 15 in this year’s ParkScore® rating.

The 2018 ParkScore® index analyzed 100 of the largest U.S. cities using a mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well each city is meeting the need for parks. Each city was scored in four different categories:

  • Acreage – median park size
  • Investment – spending per resident
  • Amenities – an average of six key park facilities on a per capita basis
  • Access – percentage of population living within a 10-minute walk of a public park

St. Petersburg ranked higher than several major cities known for their active and outdoor lifestyle including, San Diego, CA, Denver, CO, and Austin, TX.

Said Mayor Kriseman: “Our parks, which are as diverse as our people, are part of what make St. Petersburg such a special place. It is why I have expanded our parkland during my time as mayor, and fought to preserve the sanctity of our parks, especially our treasured waterfront. I want to thank the Trust for Land for rating our parks as the best in Florida. Many thanks as well to our Parks & Recreation team for all they work they do.”

Said Mike Jefferis, Leisure Services Administrator: “Our parks provide a place for the St. Pete community to get together for recreational activities and for youth to play, learn and explore. From exercise zones and free yoga in the park to annual festivals and movies in the park, St. Pete’s parks offer something for everyone.”

More about the 2018 ParkScore® index, here:  http://parkscore.tpl.org/rankings.php

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