For the third straight year, Minneapolis received the top score (84) in the Trust for Public Land’s annual ranking of big city parks in the United States. This year the number of cities considered was expanded from the largest 60 cities to the largest 75 cities and that city across the Mississippi River, (St. Paul #66 in size), became eligible and also received a score of 84. After 2 years alone at the top, Minneapolis now shares 1st place. If your wondering, Washington DC came in 3rd with 81 points and to see rankings for all 75 cities click here.
In order to get from my home in Minneapolis to my place of work in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis (without going miles out of the way), I have to drive alongside part of at least one Minneapolis park. Linden Hills is the neighborhood south of Lake Calhoun and West of Lake Harriet.
SSW Portion of Minneapolis Parks Map
I stopped on the way home yesterday afternoon to take a picture. You can’t tell from this picture, but there were quite a few people enjoying the sun and wonderful weather.
I spent about 10 minutes wandering back and forth taking some pictures of two other benches that lacked a great view. Finally the guys playing hackysac around the spot I shot this from moved to play volleyball. Then I waited about 5 minutes watching the stream of bicyclists, joggers, dog walkers, etc. go by until I was able to get clear shot of this bench near Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun (part of Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun Park).
A wonderful break between work and home!