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Milwaukee's park system is 19th best among 50 U.S. cities

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s park system is ranked the 19th best among 50 U.S. cities.

That’s according to the Trust for Public Land, a conservation group from California.

Minneapolis – about 25 miles west of the Wisconsin border – had the top ranking, followed by New York and Boston.

Study director Peter Harnik says Milwaukee’s high ranking is due mainly to the fact that 87 percent of residents only have to travel a half-mile or less to get to a park. The city’s parks are also larger than most, averaging 8 acres apiece.

On the negative side, Milwaukee spends much less than the national average on park improvements and maintenance – about $71 per resident, compared to $344 for top-spending Washington D.C.

Playgrounds are also in short supply in Wisconsin’s largest city.

Milwaukee only has two public playgrounds for every 10,000 residents. Virginia Beach has the most, with 20.