Trust for Public Land has just named its 2015 choices for the 75 American cities with the best parks. The list has been extended, as they have only included 60 cities last year. This is how St. Paul has managed to get included and they have had the perfect run, ending up sharing first place with the champion of the field, Minneapolis.
It is amusing how these two cities that are so close they are known as “the twin cities” are sharing this beautiful distinctions. Despite the slight rivalry between the two, both mayors will be thrilled to go the press conference on Wednesday, where they will officially presented with the title of the cities with the best parks.
“It’s a remarkable harmonic convergence to have two cities next to each other, let alone cities known as Twin Cities, get twinned as the two best park systems in the United States,” said Trust for Public Land city park development director, Adrian Benepe.
In order to rank the 75 cities, Trust for Public Land assessed each and every one of their parks in terms of their total surface, their vegetation density, their plant diversity and the facilities found on the premises that may improve the visitor’s experience.
These features and many were others were individually rated and then a final score was given to each of the 75 cities, the maximum score being of 100 points. However, no city has ever managed to ever score that high. The two victors were both awarded 84 points by the exigent judges.
The runner-up was Washington D.C. and its impressive gardens, followed by San Francisco and New York, with its world-famous Central Park that attracts millions and millions of tourists every year.
Dallas was particularly dissatisfied with its outcome and plans to work hard to impress the committee next year. They have never made it to the top half of the list, ranking number 21 in the first year that the list was issued, when they only faced 39 contender cities.
To their utter disappointment, they never actually made it higher since then. In 2013 they were downgraded to number 26 and last year to number 36. This is however they’ve hit an all time low as they have been ranked number 47.
And it doesn’t stop here. They are sharing number 47 with the city of Arlington, making it a low worthy of remembrance. But Dallas will be Dallas, and in their characteristic strong-willed manner, they plan to make a such come-back next year that it will erase the embarrassment of 2015 for good.
There are some cities however that have scored even lower than Dallas. At the very bottom of the list lay Fresno and Charlotte, that share the lowest score in the ParkScore list, followed by Indianapolis at number 73 and Oklahoma City at 72.
Trust for Public Land has found its two park champions this year, after carefully comprising the list. While Minneapolis is awarded the title for the fourth year in a row, it is St. Paul’s first time in the competition and it seems like they have passed the judges’ requirements with flying colors. Next year however, it looks like the twin cities will be fighting fiercely for the title of the city with the best parks.
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