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After two years at number 60, Tulsa climbed five places in the Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore rankings.
The jump to number 55 resulted in a $ 18 increase in per capita spending on parks. However, this is largely due to what the George Kaiser Family Foundation spent on and about the Gathering Place.
“And if you didn’t have this private funding, which is the second highest rate of private spending in any city in America, it knocks out cities like New York City and others in terms of private per capita investment – if you haven’t . ” I wouldn’t have it, it wouldn’t go quite so well, “said Adrian Benepe, Director of the Trust for Public Land for national programs.
Access is still an area where Tulsa lags other cities in the ParkScore rankings. Benepe said an improvement that requires more parks, but doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot more money.
“The first thing a city has to do is look at all of its assets and find out what land we already own so there is no cost to acquire land or what assets we already own, such as schools or other public assets that these can be completely open to the public, “said Benepe.
According to Benepe, some cities have successfully turned abandoned railroad lines into linear parks or opened schoolyard parks. However, this can be difficult when schools are run by independent counties.
Tulsa could also do better when it comes to parking facilities, though the city continues to earn full points for its number of splash guards.
Oklahoma City remained in 97th place in the rankings, while Minneapolis took the top spot.