When it comes to ball fields, tennis courts and recreation centers, St. Paul and Minneapolis rank at or near the top in those and numerous other measures taken by a leading parkland conservation organization.
As for land dedicated to parks, 16.6 percent of Minneapolis is parkland, first among cities with similar population densities. St. Paul is second (14.7 percent) in the same category.
The nonprofit Trust for Public Land on Tuesday reported the following for the state's two largest cities:
RECREATION CENTERS per 20,000 residents: St. Paul, first nationally at 3.0; Minneapolis, second, 2.6.
TENNIS COURTS per 10,000 residents: Minneapolis, first, 4.9; St. Paul, tied for third, 3.7.
BALL DIAMONDS per 10,000 residents: St. Paul, first, 5.6; Minneapolis, second, 5.3....
PARK-RELATED SPENDING per resident: St. Paul, third, $224; Minneapolis, eighth, $151.Minneapolis and Saint Paul are really great cities.