El Paso Tops The Listedit
When asked to picture America’s great outdoors, most people will conjure images of the expansive national parks or the craggy Pacific coastline, or the jagged Rocky Mountains that act as Denver’s backdrop or the arid desert that surrounds Phoenix according to a recent poll by USA News.
Most people wouldn’t necessarily picture Fresno, California and we would speculate that most wouldn’t have named El Paso, Texas.
However, when USA News looked at the number of parks available in each of the 100 most populous metro areas in the United States and the percentage of each metro’s total area that is composed of parkland (as well as the average amount of spending per capita devoted to park creation and the average user rating of these park spaces on TripAdvisor.com ), El Paso (a well kept secret) was at the top of the list!
According to The Trust for Public Land, having access to public parks not only encourages a healthy lifestyle, it also plays a critical role in child development and promotes a sense of community among residents – especially those who live in major metro areas. In her paper titled ” The Health Benefits of Parks ,” Erica Gies writes, “Research shows that residents of neighborhoods with greenery in common spaces are more likely to enjoy stronger social ties than those who live surrounded by barren concrete.”
It’s not just experts who recognize the importance of living near public parks. As part of our effort to identify the Most Fun Places to Live in the United States, U.S. News conducted a public survey online to find out which leisure amenities were most important to Americans. Of the 2,000 people who responded, nearly 30 percent said they’d want access to parks and outdoor recreation over other comforts such as restaurants, shopping venues, theaters and live music venues, and nightlife. As a result, our assessment of the quantity and quality of parks and outdoor recreation was the factor that weighed most heavily on our Most Fun Places to Live methodology.
And although El Paso doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking of places with expansive park resources, the region came in fourth out of ten for its rugged landscape in full display for those who take a ride on the Wyler Aerial Tramway or a hike through Franklin Mountains State Park.
So come on home to El Paso, Texas here we know it’s sure to be the best move you’ll ever make!
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