Taylor Morrison will pay the adoption fees for all senior pets adopted from the Sacramento SPCA March 21–25. Seniors are dogs five years and older and cats older than one year. (PRNewsfoto/Taylor Morrison) Hand-out

The dog park as an amenity has become a thing, so much so that people are putting a value on proximity thereto. MarketWatch reports:

Good schools, a convenient commute, low taxes ... the list of things home buyers want in a community are fairly familiar. But there’s another feature that real-estate agents and the buyers and sellers they serve may start to consider just as critical.

Thanks to the annual Dog Park Rankings from the Trust for Public Land, it’s easy to see how parks for pets are becoming increasingly, ahem, pupular — and which cities have the most of them.

There are now 774 dog parks in the 100 biggest metro areas, a nearly 5% increase over last year and up 40% since the trust started keeping track, in 2009. “Dog parks are among the fastest-growing amenities in the 100 largest U.S. cities’ park systems — and the top cities may be surprising,” the trust wrote in its analysis.

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