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New York City Has Great Dog Parks, So-So People Parks

[Photo courtesy of nylocations on flickr]

We've already had a report this month saying a lot of New York City parks are in bad shape. NYC Park Advocates, in fact, surveyed 190 city parks and gave 38 of them D's and F's, noting everything from piles of garbage to discarded syringes. Now, the Trust for Public Land is saying that New York spends less on park operations per resident than other cities ($61 versus a national average of $63), but whether those two dollars explain the nasty condition of some parks is another matter. The study also notes that New York has only 4.6 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents versus 7.9 acres for other high-density cities. On the other hand, we do have more dog parks than any other city.
· Park Facts [Trust for Public Land]
· Online NYC Parks Survey [NYC Parks Dept]