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Report: two Inland parks departments rate high for social media use

Riverside and San Bernardino’s parks departments have been recognized for their use of social media.

The departments ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, among parks departments for social media engagement, according to Next Practice Partners in Carmel, Ind.

No other Inland Empire cities made the list, which is based on parks departments in the 100 largest U.S. cities.

Cleveland, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Detroit and Boise, Idaho made up the top five.

The rankings are derived from data from the U.S. Census, National Recreation and Park Association, ETC Institute, agency websites and social media accounts. Collectively, it ranks the use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tik Tok was ranked separately because its use is restricted in certain areas.

“Now, more than ever, people have realized that parks and recreation are essential,” the report states. “The pandemic has increased the perception of the value of parks, recreation, trails, and open space in people’s minds.

“Equitable access to quality parks and recreation offerings should be a right, not a luxury and yet for too many it isn’t.”

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