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Study shows almost all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk from a park

Study shows almost all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk from a park
Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Living in New York may not always be a walk in the park, but it turns out it’s usually just a short walk from one.

A national study by The Trust for Public Land analyzed current access to parks in municipalities across the country and revealed that a whopping 99 percent of NYC residents are within a 10-minute walk of a park. That impressive statistic is far higher than the national average of 54 percent, with 8,550,199 city dwellers living within a 10-minute radius. Look upon deez trees, ye mighty, and despair.

The recently released report by the organization, which is meant to be used by city governments to help determine the locations of new green spaces, identified 2,306 parks in the city (so about 1/1,000th the amount of Starbucks) with 29,872 acres of open land.

If you want a closer look at how well your neighborhood is served by parks, the interactive site also offers a deep dive option that identifies which parts of the city still need better access to park space, and suggests where would be best served by a new park.

Because when it comes to parks, you can never have too much of a good thing. And that good thing is trees.

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