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park score study

During August and September 2011, the Green Vision Team researched the Park Score of every city in Orange County. These scores demonstrate how many acres of parkland there are per 1,000 residents.

Park Scores assess whether or not there is adequate park space in a specific area. Areas with less than 3 acres of parkland per thousand residents are considered park poor.

We calculated the Park Score three different ways. The first analysis included city-owned protected parkland and beaches, with full or restricted access. The second analysis included city- and county-owned parkland. The final analysis included all publicly owned (local, regional, state and federal) parkland or beaches with full or restricted access and including lands privately conserved by non-governmental organizations.

City-Only Parkland Results
With this analysis our three top cities with the best local Park Scores included: San Juan Capistrano (32.9 acres per 1000 residents), Irvine (18.8), Laguna Beach(15.5).

City and County Parkland Results
With this analysis the three top cities with the best regional Park Scores included: Irvine (79 acres per 1000 residents), Irvine (56), and Rancho Santa Margarita (44).

All Publicly Preserved Lands and Conservation Non-Profit Lands Results
With this analysis the three top cities with the best all around Park Scores included: Laguna Beach (85.8 acres per 1000 residents), Irvine (57.1), and Seal Beach (44.6).

Below are the results of the Park Score Study:

Park Score Flyer

Park Score Flyer (5.4 MB)

 

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