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Fresno, Bakersfield 2020 Park Rankings Stay The Same, When Compared To 100 Largest Cities

As shelter-in-place continues, parks are one outlet for residents to stretch their legs and clear their heads. For the ninth year in a row, however, Fresno’s acreage and investment in parks ranks near the bottom compared to the largest 100 cities in the nation. Last year, Fresno’s ParkScore was 92 . This year its ranking didn’t budge. The ranking, calculated by the Trust for Public Land, assesses a city’s investment, total acreage, and amenities in parks, along with the percentage of residents who can easily access greenspace by living within a 10-minute walk to a park. Guillermo Rodriguez is the California State Director with the Trust for Public Land. He said one metric for improvement in Fresno is investment. “Fresno, for example, spends $ 41.61 per capita on parks, compared to Bakersfield, for example, you know, a city not too far away. Bakersfield spends $ 86.22 per capita,” said Rodriguez. Bakersfield’s score didn’t change this year either, but it ranked better than Fresno at 63.
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