Portland tops the list in U.S. for spending on public parks

September 9, 2018 by  

Portland earned accolades from Trust for Public Land for its generous spending on public parks and recreational facilities.

Monies spent on playgrounds, plazas, rec fields, splash pads, and playgrounds for 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. were evaluated. Ironically, following in the wake of the Portland Parks & Rec budget being cut by $1m, The Trust for Public Land placed Portland at No. 1 in per capita spending in this area.

Over $243m per year is distributed by Portland to several park agencies, which amounts to $382 per resident. Nationally, the median expenditure is only $83 per resident.

The Rose City also grabbed second place for the number of dog parks and community garden plots per 10,000 residents. For every 10,000 people here, there are five canine parks and 35 garden plots according to The Trust for Public Lands.

The size, type, and number of recreation facilities and parkland areas are among the items cities include when putting together information to send to a brochure printing service.

Among Portland’s notable parks are Chapman Park, which being established in 1852 qualifies as the city’s oldest park, and Forest Park, which ranks No. 7 among the largest of U.S. city parks. The median park size in the U.S. is 3.8 acres, while here the median size is 4.9 acres.