Conservation group puts Sacramento in top 10 for park systems

Calm Afternoon

In the Sac Bee’s story on the rebuilding of the McKinley Park playground, I noticed a neat bit of info: the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit group for land conservation, has once again named Sacramento in the top 10 cities in the US for park systems. Our fair city tied with San Francisco (!) and Boston for third overall, below Minneapolis and New York City.

The ranking took into account things like the median park size, park land as a percentage of city land area, and parks per 10,000 residents (Sacramento has 4, twice as many as New York City).

About that McKinley Park structure, it seems like it is shaping up to be even cooler than the previous one:

The design of the new playground aims to capture the history of Sacramento. A rendering shows the structure patterned on a trolley car, a steam engine and a paddle-wheel steamship. The entry arch evokes the former Alhambra Theatre.

Back in my day, green painted wood and a section of sewer pipe were enough to make the McKinley playground one of the best in the city. Kids today are going to get the Cadillac of jungle gyms.

What do you say? What is your favorite park in Sacramento? Heck, let’s open it up to the Sac County parks.

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Author: CoolDMZ

"X-ray vision to see in between / Where's my kimono and my time machine?"

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