The City of St. Pete’s park system is ranked as one of the 15 best in the country in Trust Public Land’s annual ParkScore report. To determine a city’s ParkScore rating, they assign points for 14 measures across five categories: acreage, investment, amenities, access, and equity.
According to the report, 77% of the St. Pete population lives within a 10 minute walk of a park. Based on acreage, an average of $186 per resident is spent annually on our local parks.
Lassing Park, North Shore Park, Flora Wylie, Abercrombie Park, and Crescent Lake are just a few of the best parks to visit in St. Pete. A robust park system has a positive environmental impact, promotes health equity, and are of course free spaces every resident and visitors to the ‘Burg can enjoy.
Another key indicator for a city’s ranking is the amenities available in parks. Amenities refers to basketball hoops, tennis courts, dog parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, restrooms, splash pads, etc. North Shore, Booker Creek Park, and Crescent Lake Park have a robust offering of outdoor gym equipment the public can utilize. Crescent Lake is home to several pickleball courts. Bartlett Park has an astounding amount of tennis courts and basketball courts.
Off leash dog parks are available in Kenwood, and The Old Northeast, in addition to the dog-friendly stretch of Ft. DeSoto.
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