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D.C. Ranks Sixth On List Of Nation's Best City Park Systems

Rock Creek Park is D.C.'s biggest park, at over 1,700 acres.
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Rock Creek Park is D.C.'s biggest park, at over 1,700 acres.

D.C.'s park system ranks among the ten best in the country, according to a new report from the Trust for Public Land.

The report put D.C.'s parks at sixth in the nation, behind first-place Minneapolis and New York, Boston, Sacramento, and San Francisco. D.C. has 7,679 acres of parkland—19.7 percent of the city's land—96 percent of residents live within a half-mile of a park. And while D.C. does boast a large urban park—Rock Creek Park, coming in at at 1,754 acres—it also has the smallest average parks, coming in at 0.67 acres.

The report also found that there are 1.7 playgrounds per 10,000 residents—many of which are being renovated under a $35 million city plan—and that D.C. spends just over $343 per resident on parks.

D.C. is an interesting situation relative to other cities, though—most of the parks within city limits are controlled by the federal government. All told, 6,776 acres of D.C. parks are federal, and only 688 acres are city-owned.

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