In a survey of the nation’s 50 largest cities by the Trust for Public Land, New York City’s park system ranked number two…just behind that of Minneapolis’. Determining factors in the ranking included park access, size, services and public investment. On a scale of 1-5, the Big Apple nabbed 4.5.
The success of New York City in the survey, to be released on Wednesday, was an affirmation of the tenure of Adrian Benepe, who served as New York City parks commissioner for more than a decade before decamping last fall to the Trust for Public Land, where he is senior vice president and director of city park development.
“You can’t have a great city without great parks,” said Mr. Benepe, who, under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, oversaw 1,700 parks and beaches during a period of expansion and major capital investment. Mr. Benepe noted that in this year’s survey, the ParkScore Index, New York pulled ahead of Boston, which it had tied last year. “It’s strong across the board, but particularly with park access,” he said of New York. (The survey was data-driven, so Mr. Benepe did not recuse himself from the judging.)
Other high-scoring cities included Boston, Sacramento and San Francisco, who all tied for third place. The worst performing cities were Indianapolis, Charlotte, Louisville and Fresno.