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ParkScore 2017 is coming on May 24

The Trust for Public Land will unveil the 2017 edition of ParkScore on Wednesday, May 24th.

The Parks and Recreation systems of the 100 largest US cities will be ranked from 1 to 100.  2017 will be the second year where we’ve evaluated and ranked 100 cities.  ParkScore began in 2012 with 40 cities ranked.

Before we launch, we wanted to provide the methodology behind ParkScore.

The methodology behind ParkScore is documented on the ParkScore website and is summarized by this handy chart…


An individual city’s ParkScore is based on three factors…

Acreage or Park Size, which is based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks;

Facilities and Investment, which combines park spending per resident with the availability of four popular park amenities: basketball hoops, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, and recreation & senior centers, and;

Park Access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile)  Detailed information as to why we look at a 10-minute walk is covered in this post.

It’s important to note that we see ParkScore as a high level planning and analysis tool for park advocates and park planners and designers alike to plan for and advocate for parks as critical infrastructure for the each of the 100 largest US cities, which collectively have a population of 63 million and make up 20 percent of the US population.

ParkScore is a project of the Trust for Public Land.

We welcome your comments, questions and ideas on ParkScore or other work of the Center for City Park Excellence at ccpe@tpl.org

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