New this year were criteria to measure how equitable park land was for people of color and those with lower incomes. Washington DC moved into first place with high marks on park equity, defending champion Minneapolis came in third place and Saint Paul stayed in second place.
“The bar was raised this year, and rightly so, to not just measure park amenities and general accessibility, but also if there is equitable access for all,” said County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti. “I’m proud that Arlington parks are still rated among the nation’s best—and glad that we have new information as to where we can improve so that all Arlingtonians have equitable access to great public spaces. We have work to do and I look forward to doing it.”
Arlington earned top marks for its park investment, with perfect scores for dog parks, basketball hoops and per capita spending. What’s more, 99 percent of all Arlington residents, regardless of race or income, are within a 10-minute walk to a park.