General News
6:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Omaha is Ranked 11th Nationally for Parks

Omaha ranks 11th out of 50 cities whose parks were studied by the Trust for Public Land.

Peter Harnik is the Director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land

He says the Center was formed to get a better understanding of how parks work in cities, as well as what it takes to make city parks great. 

Harnik says Omaha’s ranking was based on several factors including park access and number of playgrounds.

"When we looked at the amount of park acreage in two ways.  First we looked at what percent of the city’s land area is park land.  And then we looked at the median size of all the parks.”

Harnik says in Omaha, 11.75% of the city’s land is dedicated to parks. 

He says the city could improve on park spending though. 

Currently, Omaha spends less than $60 per resident, compared to the national ParkScore average of $103.