Minneapolis parks ranked first in nation

Lyra Fontaine

The Minneapolis park system was named the best in the country for the second year in a row in a report released Thursday. 

In its ranking of parks in the 60 largest U.S. cities, the study analyzed median park size, percentage of park space in a city area, amount of spending per resident, number of playgrounds for each 10,000 residents, and percentage of residents within a half-mile from a park. 

Minneapolis scored highest due to the size and accessibility of its parks, according to the report by the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization. About 94 percent of the city's residents live within a 10-minute walk away from a park, according to Reuters

Despite receiving praise, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board wants to improve the accessibility of parks for "underserved residents," such as disabled children and low-income communities, the Star Tribune reported. 

New York City has the second-best parks in the nation, and Boston, Portland and San Francisco are tied for third place, according to the report.