Here’s some obscure, new San Francisco trivia that really knocks it out of the park: according to one the most esteemed land-use nonprofits in the country, San Francisco is the first only city in the United States where every resident lives within a 10-minute walk of a park.
The finding comes from the Trust for Public Land, whose just-released ParkScore rankings assess the 100 largest cities in the country for how well each city meets its needs for parks and open spaces. As the Trust also confirmed in a Tuesday, May 16 tweet, “San Francisco is the first U.S. city to have 100 percent of city residents within a 10-min walk of a park.”
“Most city residents won’t walk more than 10 minutes to get to shopping, transit, or parks, so close-to-home access to parks is vital for public health, clean environments, and thriving, equitable communities,” Trust for Public Land SVP Adrian Benepe said in a release. “This is an enormous achievement, based on years of dedicated and thoughtful work and planning, and San Francisco should be very proud.”
The 10-minute walk thing, obviously, is kind of a subjective calculation. Everyone walks at different speeds. But the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that most people are capable of walking a half-mile in approximately 10 minutes. Since there is now a park within a half-mile of every San Francisco residential address, we can now claim that everyone in the city lives within a 10-minute walk of a park.
According to the release, San Francisco now meets this 10-minute criterion thanks to the opening of new parks Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, Interior Greenbelt, Geneva Community Garden, Noe Valley Town Square, 17th and Folsom Streets Park, Francisco Reservoir, and 900 Innes Ave, a.k.a. Indian Basin.