The Trust for Public Land says Houston improved four spots over last year's ParkScore ranking, but still comes in at #77 on the list of the country's 100 biggest cities.
The study shows Houston has double the national average when it comes to park space. But the problem is accessibility, considering less than half the city's residents live within a ten-minute walk from a park.
"The need for recreation is always a challenge and always an issue," said Charlie McCabe, Trust for Public Land spokesman. "One of the challenges of the ten-minute walk is that you want a distribution of park land across the city."
"The nice thing about all the work that nonprofit parks organizations are doing, thanks to a number of really generous donors across the City of Houston, is that they're kind of filling the gap and they're going after and trying to address the bigger needs," said McCabe. "All of these efforts that are resulting in on-the-ground improvements as well as improvements to come."
The ParkScore study says Houston ranks high when it comes to amenities like park restrooms and splash pads, but still falls behind in the number of playgrounds and dog parks.