"Minnesotans take great pride in their communities and healthy and safe parks are just one aspect that makes our city great," said Sen. Hayden. "Back in 2008, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that dedicated funding for the outdoors. This has lead to many improvements for our local parks, as well as regional and out-state parks."
Minneapolis was the first big city to receive a perfect "5 park bench" rating by the organizations ParkScore Index. The ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: Park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park; Park size, which is based on a city's median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and Services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.
"This is a wonderful achievement, but we should continue to look for ways to improve," said Sen. Hayden. "I am always open to discussing ideas with constituents on how to improve our communities. This goes beyond parks of course, but they are a great asset to Minneapolis families and we should continue to invest in them."