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City Park Facts: Cincinnati has the most top ten rankings

Cincinnati Parks has twelve top ten rankings in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts

The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence works to make cities more successful through the renewal and creation of parks for their social, ecological, and economic benefits to residents and visitors alike. To achieve this mission, we believe that residents, advocates, park professionals, planners, members of the media, decision-makers, and all those who love parks need solid data that elucidates the realities of urban park and recreation systems. Data is knowledge, and knowledge is power.



Cincinnati is one the 100 largest US cities and ranked number 10 overall (tied with Madison, WI) in the 2016 edition of Parkscore.  But what is even more exciting is its individual rankings in twelve out of the nineteen categories that we are tracking:

  • #3 (tie) – 8.9 parks per 10,000 residents
  • #2 – 5.0 Playgrounds per 10,000 residents
  • #4 – 2.2 Recreation/Senior Centers per 20,000 residents (34)
  • #4 – 3.9 Ball Diamonds per 10,000 residents (119)
  • #7 (3 way tie) – 1.0 Disc Golf courses per 100,000 residents (3)
  • #1 – 2.0 Nature centers per 100,000 residents (6)
  • #9 (tie) – 0.7 Pickleball courts per 20,000 residents (10)
  • #2 – 7.9 Swimming pools per 100,000 residents (24)
  • #2 – 17.4 Volleyball nets per 100,000 residents (53)
  • #6 – 4.6 Splash pads per 100,000 residents (14)
  • #4 – 62.7 restrooms per 100,000 residents (191)
  • #1 – 2.0 golf courses per 100,000 residents (6)

City Park Facts is a collaboration between the many city, county, state and nonprofit parks agencies and conservancies that work with us to submit their data and we appreciate their continued help and involvement. The staff of the Center for City Park Excellence works to present this information in a thorough yet easy-to-use format, and your feedback is important for future editions. You can contact us at ccpe@tpl.org.

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