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Does Ann Arbor have too much parkland? While the cronies would have you believe so, our city has relatively little park space when measured relative to our population.

On September 28, 2010, the New York Times had an interesting article about parkland:

What caught our attention was the following:

"The idea is that on a few days each year, the river would overflow into the yard. The rest of the year, the land would be a park, a boon to a city that has just eight acres of parkland per 1,000 residents, compared with 26 acres in Portland, Ore., and 31 in San Diego, according to the Urban Land Institute."

According to the City's web site, Ann Arbor has about 2,090 acres of parks.*  With a population of about 114,000, that means we have about 18.33 acres of park per 1,000 residents (feel free to check my math).

Los Angeles - 8 acres per 1,000 population
Ann Arbor - 18.3 acres per 1,000
Portland - 26 acres per 1,000
San Diego - 31 acres per 1,000

So much for the myth that Ann Arbor has too much parkland.

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"...Ann Arbor’s park system, which consists of 157 parks spanning 2,090.78 acres."