Trust for Public Land’s findings reveal city is ahead of the national average and gaining ground for access to green space.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy with the City of Pittsburgh and the Trust for Public Land are were pleased to announce Pittsburgh’s park system has jumped ahead of several major U.S. cities to take 23rd place out of 100.
The ranking is an increase from 39th in 2017 when announced in 2018.
For this significant growth in overall park scoring is based on the Trust for Public Land’s 7th annual ParkScore index. Each year, the Trust for Public Land assigns the 100 largest cities in the U.S. a “park score” based on park acreage, facilities, investment, and resident access to local parks. The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore index is the most comprehensive tool available for evaluating park access and quality.
The 2018 Trust for Public Land ParkScore rankings not only include public funding as in past years, but now also includes private funding and the value of volunteer work for each city. These additions in 2018 significantly helped to increase Pittsburgh’s score in the investment category. In comparison, spending per resident was at $70 just last year.
Using mapping technology and demographic data, it determines how well each city is meeting the need for parks