By Bill O’Neil
A yearly report on parks in the country’s 100 biggest cities again ranks San Antonio below the national average.
Still, the Trust for Public Land said there are a number of things to like about the parks in the Alamo City.
“The percentage of the City’s park land at 10%, the median park size is bigger at 11.6 acres–but only about 30% of the population lives within about a ten-minute walk to a park” the Trust’s Charlie McCabe told KTSA News in detailing the report’s findings.
Overall, the report looks closely at a number of different factors that go in to compiling the rankings.
“We look at basketball hoops, we look at dog parks, we look at playgrounds and we look at recreation and senior centers. You (San Antonio) do fine, but there are ways to improve that” McCabe said.
While the ranking, 69th overall, may sound a bit low, McCabe said San Antonio is on the right track in a number of areas.
“You have a decent parks and recreation department, you have some big, key signature parks like Brackenridge Park, and you also have some new and emerging parks like Hemisfair Park” McCabe said.
All in all, he said more of the same just might push San Antonio’s park score” up in the future.
“I think one of the key things that we’re seeing more and more is that community support for parks continues to grow, and having citizens advocate for continued spending in parks and recreation” McCabe said, pointing to the San Antonio River as an example.