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This snowy scene should help narrow answers to the question ''what U.S. city has the most playgrounds per capita?'' Obviously ''Honolulu'' would be an incorrect guess.

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The U.S. city with the most playgrounds per capita is sometimes called the ''City of Four Lakes.'' Forbes magazine also ranks this city second in the nation in overall education. Hints: It's the ''Badger State'' and ''America's Dairyland.''

Madison (pop. 235,626), the capital Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has the most playgrounds per 10,000 residents, according to a study produced by The Trust for Public Land.

The study includes a variety of statistics: acreage of parkland by city and agency, total spending on parks and recreation per resident by city, total spending on parks and recreation per resident by city and the number of regular, nonseasonal employees per 10,000 residents.

Madison has 172 playgrounds, which translates to an average of 7.4 playgrounds per 10,000 residents. These figures are for park playgrounds and do not include school playgrounds.

Baton Rouge, La. came in second with 110 playgrounds, 4.9 playgrounds per 10,000 residents.

Virginia Beach, Va. took third with 210 playgrounds, 4.8 playgrounds per 10,000 residents.

New York City has the most playgrounds on the list with 1,024, but with the city's 8 million-plus population the city has only 1.2 playgrounds per 10,000 residents.

Newark, N.J. has the lowest percentage of playgrounds per 10,000 residents with a ratio of .6. The city only has 16 playgrounds.

The median ratio of all the cities on the list is 2.1, with a combined total of 11,160 playgrounds.

Oldest City Parks in the U.S.

The Trust for Public Land study also notes the oldest city parks in the U.S. St. Augustine, Fla. has the oldest park. Plaza de la Constituci?n was established in 1573. St. Augustine, for you Jeopardy players, was established in 1565 and is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental U.S.

Boston Common is the second oldest park, established in 1634, followed by: New Haven Green (1641), New Haven, Conn.; Washington/Marion squares (1680), Charleston, S.C.; Rittenhouse/Washington/Logan/Franklin squares (1682), Philadelphia; Salem Common (1685), Salem, Mass.; Battery Park (1686), NYC; Military/Washington parks (1697), Newark, N.J.; Jackson Square (1718), New Orleans; and San Pedro Springs Park (1729) in San Antonio, Texas.


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