Toledo wins national ranking for outdoors

Toledo wins national ranking for outdoors

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Toledo has another reason to boast after Friday night.

The Glass City broke the top ten on another survey of U.S. cities. This time for its great outdoors. The survey can be found here.

Balancing nature with modern life is a growing trend for cities looking become more health conscious. The Toledo metro area ranks eighth among a top 25 list of best cities in the U.S. for outdoor space.

"Part of our pledge as a park district has been to place a park within 5 miles of every resident in Lucas County, and look what's happening: people are already taking notice,"Scott Carpenter, public spokesman for Lucas County's Metroparks said.

In the time Scott has worked for the parks system, the number of parks will double, from the 9 the system had for years, to 18 by this time next year

To reach this determination, information was taken from Zillow.com to review home and rent prices. Those were matched up against EPA numbers on air quality.

The Glass City scored high with the amount of land and high spending on parks, 11 acres and $41 for every 1,000 residents.

Cyclist Andy Chermak makes it out a couple of times every week. He came to Toledo to teach French at the University of Toledo, and is now retired and has stayed to enjoy what the area has to offer.

"We're having fun, we're pedaling, we're both sweating," Chermak said.

Also there to ride his bicycle was Loren Noyes. Noyes said  he comes out to the parks every day that it isn't raining to cycle.

"As the Metroparks are concerned, I don't have anything but good to say about all of the parks," he added.

Joan Krueger spends most of the year in Florida, but enjoys her summers in Toledo, where her husband was, "born and bred," as she described.

"My grandchildren are coming in tomorrow from Cincinnati and I want to bring them here," said Krueger.

Toledo is the only city in Ohio the top 25, and it falls among beach towns like Jacksonville and Honolulu.

It is also the highest scoring cold-weather climate in the survey, with U-S Climate Data showing an average monthly temperature of 53 degrees.

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