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St. Louis park system places high among largest U.S. cities

St. Louis park system places high among largest U.S. cities

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Bianca Gillispie, 26, gets a kiss from her boyfriend, Marcus Brownlee, 24, before they start running on Art Hill in Forest Park on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Photo by J.B. Forbes,

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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