So we didn't make the top 10 when it came to the best parks systems in the U.S.
But we did make the top 20.
In a ranking from the Trust for Public Land, St. Louis came in at No. 14 out of the largest 100 U.S. cities — up three slots from last year's No. 17 finish.
The study took into account four main categories: investment; acreage (3,783); access (within a 10-minute walk); and amenities (basketball hoops, dog parks, playgrounds, recreation/senior centers; restrooms; and splashpads).
Then crunchers took the numbers to devise a ParkScore rating. St. Louis finished with a 69.2, ever so close to Boston's No. 13 total of 69.3.
Major cities near us that placed ahead of us were Cincinnati (No. 8) and Chicago (No. 9).
Other major-neighbor finishes include: Kansas City (31); Nashville (54); Louisville (84) and Memphis (91).
The five best park systems were in: Minneapolis; St. Paul; Washington; Arlington, Va.; and San Francisco.
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