District 11 has the lowest park maintenance score in the city, according to a new report from the City Controller’s Office.
The tenth annual Parks Maintenance Standards Report was released on Nov. 24. This year, new criteria were added “to improve data collection and more accurately report current park maintenance levels,” according to the report’s methodology section.
Twelve areas were analyzed when evaluating each city park: athletic fields, buildings and general amenities, children’s play areas, dog play areas, greenscape, hardscape, lawns, ornamental beds, outdoor courts, restrooms, table seating areas and trees.
Each of those areas were scrutinized for conditions including “graffiti, paint, fencing, litter and debris, drainage, surface quality and much more,” according to the report.
The city’s average park score was a commendable 85.2 percent, given the implementation of the new standards. Parks in supervisorial Districts 1 through nine scored at or above average.
District 10 was second to last at 82.2 percent, but District 11 had the lowest score, at 78.1 percent.
Children’s playgrounds were the lowest-scoring area across all districts, and especially contributed to District 11’s last-place score. Playgrounds in District 11 rated 68.7 percent.
According to the report, “the lowest scoring playground was the school-age play area at District 11’s Excelsior Playground (11.1 percent) where the evaluations found issues in every element evaluated (equipment, litter/debris, paint, rubber surfacing, sand, and weeds) except for seating.”
Cayuga Park was the highest-scoring park in District 11 at 88 percent. Cayuga Park was renovated in 2013.