ST. LOUIS, MO/May 27, 2017 (STL.News)(Urban Park Space) If you’re thinking of enjoying one of the St. Louis area’s many parks this Memorial Day weekend, you have some good ones to choose from, according to a new study.
The Trust for Public Land released its 6th annual ParkScore index. St. Louis is tied for 17th among the 100 largest cities in the U.S. The city tied with Plano, Texas, based on criteria such as the percentage of city land devoted to park space, number of residents who live near a park and amenities such as playgrounds, off-leash dog parks and basketball hoops.
The city got high marks for having a large number of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park.
St. Louis supports its parks with its pocketbook, too. The amount spent per resident is just over $270, with the national norm of just $80.
The top five cities are Minneapolis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Portland, OR. Chicago was ranked at number 11 and Kansas City at number 38. Unlike some other cities, low-income St. Louisans have nearly equal access to park lands as higher-income residents.
Forest Park is the largest park in the city and the most visited. The oldest park is Gravois Park, which dates to 1812. The study found a high need for more parks in some areas of south St. Louis, particularly south of Tower Grove and in north city, near Goodfellow Boulevard and Natural Bridge.