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Readers curious or concerned about the outdoor access in their community may want to explore this resource. Notably, "across the United States, 100 million residents don't have a park within a 10-minute walk of home." The Trust for Public Land is hoping to change that with initiatives such as the Park Score Index, developed as an extension of their mission "to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come." The Index relies on a variety of measurements, "access, investment, acreage, and amenities," to calculate its rankings. The home page summarizes the top-ranking cities and includes a search bar to look up a city of interest. Click on a city to expand data, including an analysis of park access based on income and ethnicity and breakdowns of specific amenities. Wondering which city is ranked number one in 2020? Hint: it is in the Midwest. To learn more about the methodology used to create this Index, check out the "ParkServe Methodology" link located at the bottom of each city's profile.
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2020-09-25
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