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Orlando Climbs In Parks Ranking

Lake Eola swan boats

Lake Eola gets the most visitors of any city park in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie

Access to public parks in Orlando is improving according to the Trust for Public Land, which ranks park systems in the 100 largest US cities.

The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore Index places Orlando’s park system 46th, 7 places higher than last year.

The ranking is based on the size of a city’s parks, what proportion of land is parkland, access to parks and amenities. The Trust for Public Land says high quality parks make cities healthier.

Orlando scored high marks for investment,  spending $124.57 per resident on its parks.

60 % of Orlando residents live within a ten minute walk from a park, and the most visited public park is Lake Eola.

The city with the best park system in the country is Minneapolis, while St. Petersburg also got high marks, coming in 15th.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »