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June 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Seattle takes 10th place in park ranking

If you live in Seattle, there’s a 92 percent chance your home is within a 10-minute walk of a park.

It just might not be a very big park.

Those findings are included in a report out today that ranks Seattle 10th among the 50 largest U.S. cities for its park facilities.

The nonprofit Trust for Public Lands, which released the rankings,  said the number, size and quality of urban parks are important to a city’s vitality and health.

Seattle scored high for park accessibility, but lower on the size of urban parks. The report says Seattle’s median park size is 2.7 acres, less than half of the national average.

Portland ranked 7th on the list, which was topped by Minneapolis.

Last place on the 50-city list: Fresno, CA.

The complete top 10:

1)  Minneapolis
2)  New York
3)  Boston, Sacramento and San Francisco (tie)
6) Washington, D.C.
7) Portland
8) Virginia Beach, VA
9) San Diego
10) Seattle

For more about the rankings and the organization behind them, see www.tpl.org

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