The Atlanta park system ranks below average, according to a new study by the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that conserves land for parks and playgrounds in urban and rural areas.
Atlanta ranked No. 26 out of 40 cities, behind places like Boston and Portland, Ore. However, it beat out cities like Memphis and Louisville, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
While Chastain Park in Buckhead is certainly beautiful, the study did not directly assess the quality of the parks themselves. The land trust’s “Park-Score” ratings, released last week, were based on the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (about half a mile), a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks and investment in parks.
Digital mapping technology was used to make the determination.
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