When it comes to public park systems, Arlington’s ranks near the top of the nation’s 100 largest cities. That’s according to the Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index, which recently ranked the County fourth on its list. Neighboring Washington, DC ranked third, with Minneapolis edging out neighboring Saint Paul for the top spot.
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And equally as great…Arlington was also recently notified that it is a finalist for its size (population 150,001 – 400,000) in the National Gold Medal Award. Presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), this prestigious Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices. The Grand Award will be announced in September 2018.
As a three-time accredited Park and Recreation agency, Arlington has achieved remarkable success with its extraordinary commitment to providing a great park system for all people to enjoy. For the past two years, Arlington has been working with the community to update its 2005 Public Space Master Plan, a planning document that serves as a framework to guide the stewardship of Arlington’s public spaces for future generations to enjoy. The plan’s final draft will be available this summer for public review. The County Board will consider adoption of the new plan this winter. Learn more about this initiative.