SF Chronicle: SF Parks Still Near the Top of National Rankings

Visitors enjoying sunny Dolores Park

Fans of City Insider know we like lists that arbitrarily rank San Francisco compared to other cities. Well, we like them when our city does well, anyway.

Add our performance in The Trust for Public Land‘s ParkScore index as the latest to confirm what many San Franciscans already believe: our city rocks. San Francisco ranks third among the 60 largest cities in the nation when it comes to great parks. Minneapolis took first, New York took second and we tied for the bronze with Portland and Boston.

San Francisco scored No. 1 on park access – a whopping 98 percent of residents here live within a 10 minute walk of a park, and 19 percent of land within San Francisco is park space. We also scored well on parks budgeting, with $215.99 spent per resident each year. Our city got low marks, however, for its median park size of 1.9 acres. The national average is 6 acres.