Irvine Locations within the US High 10 Cities for Parking High quality, Entry – Orange County Register
Irvine ranked higher among 100 U.S. cities in The Trust for Public Land’s 2019 ParkScore Index, published Wednesday, and rated communities for their access to parks.
Irvine was in sixth place, the only California city to make the top 10, an improvement of four positions from tenth place last year. Elsewhere in Orange County, Anaheim was ranked 57th.
The ParkScore index is based on four factors: parking area, access, area, equipment and investment.
The annual survey measures:
- Percentage of residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park;
- The city’s mean park size and the percentage of the city’s area devoted to parks;
- Annual parking spending per inhabitant;
- And the availability of six popular park features: basketball hoops, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, water feature structures, recreation and senior centers, and restrooms, according to the trust.
“We added several new parks and are still building parks,” said Darin Loughrey, manager for Irvine Parks and Recreation. “We are very happy to be in the top 10.”
Irvine has 17.7 basketball hoops per 10,000 residents and a park budget of $ 252 per inhabitant, which is higher than the national average of $ 90, according to the index.
There are over 20,000 parks in the 100 largest US cities, but 11 million people do not have access to the park within 10 minutes.
“Solving the problem of access to the park is exactly why The Trust for Public Land launched the 10-Minute Mayor’s Campaign,” said Adrian Benepe, director of national programs at The Trust for Public Land. “Decision-makers at all levels need to win over everyday Americans to the urgent need for parking justice in our communities.”
Irvine’s sharing agreements that improved public access to school groups outside of school hours and on weekends helped the city’s ParkScore, said Guillermo Rodriguez, California state director for the Trust for Public Land. It has contributed to their increase in parking facilities.
“It’s something any city in California can do,” said Rodriguez, “and nothing stops them.”
Register for the full survey on The Trust for Public Land’s website at www.tpl.org.
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