REI names Spokane in their Top 50 Cities for Access to the Outdoors
On Tuesday, REI released a list of the Top 50 Cities for Access to the Outdoors.
The Urban Outdoor Access Analysis–conducted by the Trust for Public Land and supported by REI–placed equal weight on the per-capita acreage of public land within a 60-minute drive of each city and the number of residents that have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Spokane made the list along with 3 other Washington cities: Bellevue, Seattle and Vancouver.
According to REI’s article, “because the analysis considers urban park access along with surrounding public lands, the top 50 cities include several places that people don’t automatically associate with outdoor recreation–like Newark, New Jersey.”
“Even though there’s not a lot of public land around there, they’re doing a lot with their park system,” said Fred Gifford, director of GIS at the Trust for Public Land.
The analysis also found that access is not created equal in America’s largest cities: Two-thirds of the people in the 3,000 biggest U.S. cities lack easy access to the outdoors.
Here is a full list of the top 50 cities listed in alphabetical order:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Huntington Beach, California
Jersey City, New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Providence, Rhode Island
Salt Lake City
St. Paul, Minnesota
West Valley, Utah
For more information, visit REI’s website.
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