Cincinnati Is Tops In Annual Park Ranking Survey

Aug 22, 2018

Cincinnati Parks have 10 top 10 rankings in a survey released Wednesday by the Trust for Public Land.

The survey compares data provided by the 100 most populous cities in the U.S.

"Cincinnati has a lot of recreational amenities that it offers to its citizens," says the Trust's Ali Hiple, program coordinator, Center for City Park Excellence.

"Cincinnati has both a parks board and the recreation commission and that gives the city a really robust approach to both recreation and parks management," Hiple says.

Per capita, Cincinnati ranks:

  • 1st - number of nature centers: 6
  • 2nd - number of golf courses: 6
  • 2nd - number of swimming pools: 23
  • 3rd - number of volleyball nets: 45
  • 4th - number of baseball/softball diamonds: 119
  • 5th - number of basketball hoops: 275
  • 5th - number of disc golf courses: 4
  • 5th - number of playgrounds: 155
  • 5th - number of restrooms: 193
  • 9th - number of splashpads: 14

One possible area of improvement, Hiple suggests, is the percentage of people living within a 10-minute walk of a park.

"Only 71 percent of residents in Cincinnati live within a 10-minute walk to a park. The Trust for Public Land is working to put 100 percent of people living everywhere in the country within a 10-minute walk to a great park."

The Trust's mission is to create parks and protect land for public recreational use.

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