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Picnics and top picks: Arizona city parks ranked among best in the country

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PHOENIX — In a ranking of public park systems, Arizona cities dominated the list with seven Valley cities receiving special notice.

The rankings were done by the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization that aims to create public parks and protect land for community use.

Just falling short of California, Arizona was one of the highest ranking states on the list for number of cities mentioned.

Scottsdale ranked in the top 50, tying with New Orleans for No. 41 on the list. Phoenix wasn’t ranked far behind, coming in at No. 49.

Glendale followed closely ranking at No. 55, with Chandler at No. 71, Tucson at No. 83, Mesa at No. 91 and Gilbert rounding out the list with an incomplete ranking.

The rankings were based on size, community members served, spending per resident and park amenities per person.

The city of Scottsdale spends about $115 per resident in their park system. Nearly 25 percent of the city is made up of parks. The city serves about eight residents per acre of park space.

The top five city park systems in the country were Minneapolis, St. Paul, Washington D.C., Arlington, Virginia and San Francisco.

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