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Oʻahu parks named one of the most improved systems in the country


When it comes to park systems, Oʻahu is one of the most improved cities in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land's annual ParkScore Index.

Among the 100 most populous cities in the U.S., Washington D.C. took the top spot for best parks this year, followed by Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Arlington, Virginia.

Locally, Honolulu jumped 14 places since 2021, ranking 43rd. About 71% of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park, according to the report.

"Honolulu does really well in terms of acreage. The amount of land that is set aside for parks or other open space, not just with the city parks department, but with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and our national parks," said Lea Hong, state director for the Trust for Public Lands.

"We also seem to do very well on providing senior citizen, or kūpuna, facilities. And we do well on equity. We rank above average in park access," Hong said.

Hong says the city can improve its ranking by investing more in parks, and expanding amenities.

She says the city invests $98 per capita, matching the national average.

Click here to learn more about Honolulu's ranking.

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