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All Boston residents now within 10-minute walk of a ‘high-quality’ park: City

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San Francisco only other major U.S. city to hit the milestone

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All Boston residents now live within a 10-minute walk of a decent public park, the city announced in late October.

The milestone was the culmination of a collective effort between the city, the Trust for Public Land, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Urban Land Institute. It also represented the fruits of $230 million that the Walsh administration allocated for parks and recreation in the city’s Imagine Boston 2030 master plan.

Boston is only the second major U.S. city, along with San Francisco, to hit the benchmark.

“Reaching this milestone is a big step for our city to ensure that every resident, no matter the neighborhood, has a high-quality park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement. “There is still much work to be done, and we are working every day to make our park system the best in the world.”

Curious to see how your Boston neighborhood stacks up against others—and other cities—in terms of park accessibility? The Trust for Public Land—which developed the 10-mile benchmark—has what it calls the first, open-access data platform for checking nationwide.