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Philly places 32nd on list of parks in largest US cities [Video]

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia has placed 32nd in a new ranking of parks in the country’s largest 100 cities. According to the report, the city does better than the national average on a number of measures but falls short on funding.

In its annual ParkScore report, the nonprofit Trust for Public Land ranked Philadelphia in a tie with Lincoln, Nebraska and San Jose, California. It gave the city high scores on amenities, for features such as splash grounds. It also gave high marks for access. 95% of Philadelphians live within a 10-minute walk of a park.

However, Owen Franklin, the organization’s Pennsylvania director, says spending lags. At about $86 per resident, it’s two-thirds of the national average.

“One area where the city has really historically had a challenge is in the administration of maintenance costs and how well we’re investing in the maintenance of space that we build and that we use,” Franklin said.

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