07/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 18:14
Mission Viejo is nationally renowned for its safety, schools and producing countless Olympians. Now it's gaining a reputation for its vast parks and recreational amenities.
The Trust for Public Land recently ranked Mission Viejo's parks among the best in the country through its ParkScore index, which rates every major U.S. city's park systems.
With 996 acres of parkland, more than 50 parks and vast open space, Mission Viejo scores well above the national median of 51 points with a total score of 83.5 out of 100. The City outscores all regional cities in ParkScore, including Irvine which was ranked 7th in the nation last year with a score of 74.
The City far outstrips the comparison cities in recreational offerings. Irvine scores above Santa Ana (4 out of 20) and Anaheim (3 out of 20) but at 10 out of a possible 20 points does not come close to our City's recreational amenity score of 17 out of 20.
In regards to maintaining parks versus staffing costs, Irvine spends $57 in operational expenses per resident and $195 on staffing; whereas, Mission Viejo spends $77 on operational expenses and $36 on staffing.
'This means our City spends a lot more time physically doing things to maintain our parks as opposed to staffing costs,' said Assistant City Manager Keith Rattay.
The City is proud of its vast parks, open space and recreational amenities and works hard to maintain its high quality of life. You can find out more at https://cityofmissionviejo.org and see the Trust for Public Land data here.