Ever wonder, what’s the size of an average U.S. city park? Well, we have the answer.
The Center for City Park Excellence maintains a database of individual parks in the largest U.S. cities — currently at a total of 10,500 parks in about the 50 largest cities. So, a pretty big sample size to make some statistical assumptions. Based on these parks, here’s the numbers:
- Average Size U.S. City Park: 54 acres
- Median Size U.S. City Park: 5 acres
Some parks are incredibly large – take Phoenix’s 16,000-acre South Mountain Preserve, so the average size reflects the number and scale of these large spaces. But when looking at the median – or middle value – of the sizes, the number goes down to five acres, which means that most parks are five acres or less.
When thinking of city parks, we often spend much or most time thinking about the medium to large parks — Central Park in NYC, Lincoln and Millennium Parks in Chicago, the Lakes of Minneapolis, Balboa Park in San Diego and Forest Park in St. Louis to name only a few. But what we sometimes forget is that most parks are small – and these neighborhood parks are closest to where people live. Its small parks that perhaps should be getting the attention and prescriptions for success just as much or more than the larger parks.