The Trust for Public Land ParkScore® index is the national gold-standard comparison of park systems across the largest 100 cities in the United States. Last year, your Saint Paul Parks were ranked as #3 in the nation.
Join TPL for a special edition “Park Bench Chat” to break down the new rankings and, for the first time ever, get a data-driven look at park equity across America’s largest cities. The 2021 ParkScore rankings highlight the extent of disparities in park space along racial and economic lines.
When: Thursday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. CDT
The conversation will feature TPL Director of Innovation and Strategy Linda Hwang, Equity Director Ronda Chapman, Director of Community Health Sadiya Muqueeth, and Climate Program Director Brendan Shane.
Inspired by the national awakening on racial justice and The Trust for Public Land’s longstanding commitment to equitable park access and quality, the 2021 ParkScore index includes measures of park equity for the first time in the study’s ten-year history.
We’ll discuss this year’s rankings; ways parks and recreation departments stepped up to provide critical community infrastructure during the pandemic; and how, despite their vital health and climate benefits, park systems nationwide are under serious threat, facing years of deferred maintenance and underinvestment. We’ll also share how we can quickly turn this around and bring parks and green space to communities where they are needed most.