Via Randy Simes at Urban Cincy, the Trust for Public Land has just released its annual City Parks Facts report (PDF), which it calls “the nation’s most complete compilation of data about urban parks.” The report details statistics on city parks for the 100 most populous cities in the United States, including Cincinnati, Columbus and Clevelend.
So how does Cincinnati compare to Ohio’s other major cities? Using data from the report, I’ve compiled a series of charts that demonstrate Cincinnati’s commitment to city parks.
With 6,820 acres of parks within city limits, Cincinnati falls short of the 10,847 acres in Columbus, but has more than twice the 3,130 acres in Cleveland.
Cincinnati spends far more money per resident on parks and recreation, investing $253 per person per year, compared to $63 in Columbus and $74 in Cleveland.
While the Cleveland Department of Parks, Recreation and Properties employees 11.1 people per 10,000 residents, the Cincinnati Recreating Commission employees a little under half that amount, at 5.5 employees per 10,000 residents. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department employs just 3.4 people per 10,000 residents.
Cincinnati leads Ohio’s major cities when it comes to playgrounds per 10,000 residents, at 5.1. Cleveland has 2.9 playgrounds per 10,000 residents, while Columbus has just 1.9.
Cincinnati also ranked in the top 10 nationwide in categories like baseball diamonds, basketball courts and swimming pools per 10,000 residents, likely reflecting the city’s love of sports: