The Trust For Public land, a non-profit dedicated to creating public parks, hailed San Francisco this month as the first U.S. city to achieve almost total recreation saturation, estimating two weeks ago that anywhere in San Francisco is within half a mile of one of the City’s roughly 220 parks.
Nationally, only Arlington, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts come close to San Francisco’s perfect 100, both coming in at 98 percent according to a recent sf.curbed.com report. The Trust looked at the nation’s 100 largest cities when putting together these rankings.
The Trust also estimates that some 20 percent of the area of San Francisco altogether is now parkland. That’s enough to net San Francisco third place in the ParkScore report, behind Minneapolis and Saint Paul — the Twin Cities — in Minnesota.