The Trust for Public Land 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.
Our 2016 edition of City Park Facts presents the most data yet. New this year is a comparison of the number of individual parks in a city as well as the percentage of residents within a half-mile (10-minute walk) of a park for 75 cities. This metric is generated by our ParkScore analysis, which evaluates how large cities are meeting the need for parks and recreation.