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Dallas earns best ParkScore in Texas but still trails many U.S. cities

Dallas earns best ParkScore in Texas but still trails many U.S. cities

Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas
Klyde Warren Park is Dallas' newest addition to the park scene.  Photo courtesy of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
Dog Bowl
Fair Park hosts a variety of events, including Dog Bowl.  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kids playing in a Dallas park
Dallas parks earn high marks for acreage and accessibility.  DBU International Students
Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas
Dog Bowl
Kids playing in a Dallas park

With the recent success of Klyde Warren Park, it makes sense that Dallas is a leader in Texas green spaces. But Dallas is actually just a hair above average when compared to city parks across America.

In its second annual survey, ParkScore ranks Dallas as No. 26 out of 50 major city park systems. This is a five-spot dip from last year's inaugural list, when Dallas was sitting pretty at No. 21. 

The survey, compiled by the Trust for Public Land, scores Dallas most highly for median park size, park land as a percentage of city area, and overall acreage. It also dubs Fair Park as Dallas' most popular park. 

Dallas receives its lowest scores for services and number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents. Accessibility is another bright spot in the survey, which shows young and old, rich and poor on virtually equal footing. 

Austin also earns a No. 26 ranking on the list, tying Dallas for the top spot in Texas. Arlington is No. 30, and Fort Worth is No. 33. Farther down the list, Houston comes in at No. 38, and San Antonio is the worst-rated city in the Lone Star State at No. 44.