Where Rec is Wrecked
North Texas falls flat with some of America's worst cities for recreation
North Texas simply doesn't cut it when it comes to recreation. That's according to WalletHub, which set out to find the U.S. cities that are the best (and worst) for public spaces and recreational facilities.
With sad little scores, four North Texas cities — including Fort Worth — rank among the worst in the country. Fort Worth comes in at No. 89 out of 100; Arlington (No. 90) and Irving (No. 97) fare worse, while Dallas (No. 85) does slightly better.
If some of this sounds familiar it's because WalletHub did a study in June, using much of the same criteria, that crowned Fort Worth one of the worst places to staycation. Things such as number of public golf courses, parks, hiking trails, water parks, shopping centers, and swimming pools were scored, along with nightlife options, zoos, museums, cultural attractions, affordable restaurants, coffee and tea shops, and beer gardens per capita.
In this study, quality of parks were weighted more heavily, and weather played a part. Regarding the former, Fort Worth ranks No. 51 out of 100. Entertainment and recreational facilities is our worst score, No. 94. Poor Arlington ranks No. 87 for quality of parks and No. 82 for costs.
The highest ranked Texas city is El Paso, at No. 34, and San Antonio is the worst, at No. 98.
There is one surprise at the top, which is mostly dominated by golf-heavy destinations: Cleveland comes in at No. 4, following Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona. Las Vegas finishes out the top five.
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