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Nashville falls flat in nationwide parks survey

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Part of staying fit is staying active, and a new survey says Nashville has some work to do when it comes to its parks.

Parkscore's annual index put Music City near the bottom - No. 38 out of 50 cities it ranked - in terms of the city's emphasis on parks.

The survey scores cities in "benches" instead of stars, and Nashville only got two.

Park access has a lot to do with the score. The survey looks at how many people live within a 10-minute walk of a park.

Also, it takes into account how much of a city's area is dedicated to parks and playground.

Mayor Karl Dean has made adding more green space one of his priorities, and he was on hand this week to announce the first phase of a $6 million project to improve perhaps the city's most-visited green space: Centennial Park.

Minneapolis ranks No. 1 on the Parkscore survey with a score of five benches. Another survey released last week also named Minneapolis the nation's most fit city.

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