Des Moines' park system ranks in nation's top 25
- That's up 10 spots from last year and ahead of places like Atlanta, San Diego and Tampa.
Why it matters: It's a measure of quality of life. Parks provide health and environmental benefits while also contributing economic value to a community, according to the National Recreation and Park Association.
Zoom in: The ParkScore index is based on access, acreage, amenities, equity and investment.
- Recent improvements at multiple parks, including Riverview and Witmer, helped boost the city's score, Jennifer Fletcher, a spokesperson for DSM Parks and Recreation, told Axios.
By the numbers: Des Moines has 76 parks with more than 4,000 acres of land.
- 72% of Des Moines residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park, far ahead of the median 55% for the 14,000 cities and towns in the ParkServe database.
Yes, but: There's room for improvement. Des Moines' lowest score was in equity.
- Residents in neighborhoods where most identify as a person of color have access to 60% less park space per person than those in predominately white neighborhoods, the report shows.
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