Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Colorado Springs scores so-so in parks

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 9:38 AM

Bear Creek Dog Park - ELLY STEWART
  • Elly Stewart
  • Bear Creek Dog Park

Colorado Springs scored better in parks for dogs than playgrounds for humans in The Trust for Public Land’s 2019 Park-Score® Index, released May 22.

Overall, the city placed 50th out of 100 cities in the nation. The index is based on access, acreage, investment and amenities. The agency measured access by percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park. For Colorado Springs, it was 74 percent, giving it a score of 62.5 points out of a possible 100.

Other categories: 52.5 points for acreage; 42.5  for investment, and 42 for amenities. In subcategories, the city scored 75 points for dog parks but only 50 points for playgrounds and 15 points for senior recreation.

A map of Colorado Springs’ index shows underserved areas scattered across the city.

Washington, D.C., scored highest, followed by St. Paul and Minneapolis. For details, see

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