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100 Largest Cities: Seattle

Freeway Park fountains, Downtown Seattle

In anticipation of the release of City Park Facts next month and ParkScore in late May, we thought we’d start profiling some of the 100 largest cities that are featured in both City Park Facts and ParkScore. First up is Seattle, Washington, ranked 13 out of 100 in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  (Seattle is behind #12 San Diego and just ahead of #14 Oakland.)  And for those of you keeping track of how Seattle and Portland compare, Portland is ranked #6.)


Activity in Downtown Seattle Parks

We were able to visit Seattle and some of their parks last fall and the accompanying pictures were taken during our trip.  We can obviously only scratch the surface of a city in just a few days, but wanted to share a few statistics.


Seattle has 6,590 acres of parkland out a total of 52,765 acres overall.  That’s 12.5 percent of the total city acreage. The median size of a park in Seattle is 2.4 acres, they have a population density of 12.3 people per acre and spend $274.96 per resident.


Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle

Check out the interactive ParkEvaluator map from Parkscore and see where Seattle ranks in terms of a 10-minute walk to a park.  (we ranked the 37 out of a maximum of 40 points, which is excellent)


Street / public staircase, Seattle

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department works with many community and non-profit groups to maintain, improve and program their parks. Check out the Seattle Parks Foundation, Downtown Seattle Association’s Urban Parks Partnership, and Forterra and the Seattle office of the Trust for Public Land.

Stay tuned more profiles on parks in the 100 largest US cities in the coming weeks.  Please contact us at ccpe@tpl.org or post a comment to the blog, we’d love to hear from you.


Bike tour in Olympic Sculpture Park.


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