Center for City Park Excellence

A small but significant percentage of city parks are being paid for out of a federal funding source known as the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG. Administered by the U.S.

For the third straight year, Minneapolis has been judged to have the best city parks in the country. But this year, it’s sharing that distinction with a familiar rival: St. Paul.

Many residents of Minneapolis will tell you that the vast park system is the crown jewel of the city. Well, the folks at The Trust for Public Land will back that up.

Ninety-seven percent of D.C. residents live within a half-mile of a park.

Ninety-six percent of people in St. Paul, Minn., live within a 10-minute walk of a park. This ease of access is one reason why St. Paul -- along with sister city Minneapolis -- took the top spot in the Trust for Public Land's most recent ranking of urban... Read more

In a historic finish, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul tied for first place on The Trust for Public Land's 4th annual ParkScore® index, with each city earning a perfect 5 "park bench" rating from the nonprofit... Read more

Attention data geeks and trivia buffs: the 2015 edition of City Park Facts is here! The latest report by The Trust for Public Land's Center for City Park Excellence is packed full of the latest stats from the top hundred... Read more

As cities vie to attract talented college graduates and sustain population growth, officials are focusing attention on parks to increase livability and support a strong economy.

The major parks in America's largest cities are in the midst of a golden age, and a new report from The Trust for Public Land provides details and insight into conservancies, which are an arm of the some of those parks.

The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Urban Park Conservancies