(NEWARK, NJ) – On June 2, 2021, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the Public Land Trust (TPL) ranked Newark 42nd in the top 100 ParkScore rankings and cited the city for having parks within 10 minutes’ walk of more than 90 percent of its residents. The report showed that in 2020 Newark surpassed 27 churches from its rating of 69. In the 2019 report, Newark was 74 on the list.

The rankings were part of a new TPL report, Parks and an Equitable Recovery, which analyzed the role of urban parklands in urban justice, health, climate and the economy. The report found that Newark’s 88 parks and recreation facilities took up six percent of the land.

“The Trust for Public Land’s report on American urban parks showed us two things: how far Newark has come and how far we need to go,” said Mayor Baraka. “By adding Nat Turner Park to our administration earlier, our strong recreational programs and our commitment to improving our green spaces, we have improved our quality of life and sustainability for our residents. We hope that COVID subsides in the summer and” We are starting our seasonal programs , Residents and visitors take the time to enjoy our parks. “

The TPL report is based on its rankings of five characteristics of an effective parking system: access, investment, acreage, facilities and equity. Newark scored 91 out of 100 for access, 14 out of 100 for acreage, 33 out of 100 for investments, 37 out of 100 for amenities, and 93 out of 100 for equity.

The report found that 93.7 percent of Newark residents, regardless of age or income, live an average of 10 minutes’ walk from a park, and that residents in colored neighborhoods have access to one percent more parking space per person than the city median and 36 percent more than in white neighborhoods. Six percent of the city’s area is used for parks and recreation.

The top 12 cities were in this order: Washington, DC; St. Paul, Minneapolis, Arlington, Virginia, Chicago, San Francisco, Irvine, California, Cincinnati, Seattle, Portland, Oregon, New York, and Boston.

See the full ParkScore leaderboard Here.

The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 by a diverse coalition that believed that, for the sake of health, equity and justice, all people had access to nature and nature near their homes in the cities and towns where they live. need and deserve deserve.

While many conservation organizations are setting aside wildlife areas for biodiversity or habitat restoration, their founders sought to bring the benefits of parks and nature to the places, people, and communities that needed them most.

Photo from Newarks Branch Brook Park by George Wirt / Shutterstock.com

originally published: 06/02/2021