Comparing Parks Funding

Edit: Not surprisingly our excellent staff is getting me some more accurate figures.

Minneapolis & St. Paul have 2 of the best park systems in America. Many Twin Cities suburban communities do as well. Rochester has some great parks, but we are clearly not at that level. I was curious why so I checked the investment.

Twin Cities Parks

Searching for the best data I can find…

2018 Approximate Populations:

  • Rochester – 115,000
  • Minneapolis – 415,000
  • St. Paul – 305,000

2018 Parks Funding:

  • Rochester – $11.8 M (now includes some flood control maintenance funds)
  • Minneapolis – $80.8 M
  • St. Paul – $53.9 M

Parks Acreage:

  • Rochester – 4,960 (now includes some additional flood control lands)
  • Minneapolis – 6,804
  • St. Paul – 4,932

Rochester invests $102.61 per citizen on parks or $2379.03 per acre annually.

Minneapolis invests $194.70 per citizen on parks or $11,875.37 per acre annually.

St. Paul invests $176.72 per citizen on parks or $10,928.63 per acre annually.

 

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