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Milwaukee Has 17th Best Parks System

National study also ranks Madison as 12th best.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - May 23rd, 2018 10:56 am
Milwaukee County Park. Photo from Facebook.

Milwaukee County Park.

A national group that backs “livable communities” has released annual rankings for park systems in the nation’s 100 largest cities, including Madison and Milwaukee.

Officials with the Trust For Public Land said that Madison has the 12th best park system in the country. That’s down a little from last year’s ranking.

But TPL spokeswoman Alexandra Hiple said the change might be due to other cities improving rather than Madison slipping. Hiple said almost all Madison residents have great access to parkland — and more.

“Madison gets full marks in basketball hoops, dog parks and playgrounds, which are three of the six recreational amenities that we score on. So, that’s something to be proud of. That’s great,” Hiple said.

She said Madison could do better at providing indoor recreation and senior centers.

The Trust for Public Land said Milwaukee has the 17th best park system, moving up four spots from last year’s rankings. Hiple said the great majority of Milwaukee residents have good access to parks.

“The Trust for Public Land believes everyone should live within a 10-minute walk to a high-quality park. Eighty-nine percent of Milwaukee residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park, and that also crept up a little compared to last year. Last year, they had 88 percent,” she said.

Hiple added there needs to be more dog parks in Milwaukee.

The full rankings also has local park data for other cities around Wisconsin and the U.S.

Listen to the report here.

2 Wisconsin Cities Rank High On National List Of Local Park Systems was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

One thought on “Milwaukee Has 17th Best Parks System”

  1. Anthony says:

    Wasnt milwaukee ranked consistently in the top 5 nationally before Walker came into office?

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