REI names Spokane in their Top 50 Cities for Access to the Outdoors

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
Alexandria, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia
Aurora, Colorado
Bellevue, Washington
Boise, Idaho
Chandler, Arizona
Eugene, Oregon
Fullerton, California
Glendale, Arizona
Glendale, California
Henderson, Nevada
Huntington Beach, California
Irvine, California
Jersey City, New Jersey
Lakewood, Colorado
Las Vegas
Mesa, Arizona
Miami, Florida
New York
Newark, New Jersey
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Oakland, California
Oxnard, California
Pasadena, California
Peoria, Arizona
Pomona, California
Portland, Oregon
Providence, Rhode Island
Reno, Nevada
Roseville, California
Salinas, California
Salt Lake City
San Francisco
Spokane, Washington
Springfield, Massachusetts
St. Louis
St. Paul, Minnesota
Tempe, Arizona
Thornton, Colorado
Torrance, California
Vancouver, Washington
Washington, D.C.
West Valley, Utah

For more information, visit REI’s website.

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