Center for City Park Excellence

The total area covered by urban parkland in the United States exceeds one million acres, with parks ranging in size from the jewel-like 1.7-acre Post Office Square in Boston to the gargantuan 490,125-acre Chugach State Park in Anchorage.

This report details more than 75 innovative features and programs-including 14 case studies-that maximize a park's ability to promote physical activity and improve mental health.

Through an annual survey, the Center for City Park Excellence maintains the nation's most complete database of park facts for the largest 85 U.S. cities. With the help of CCPE data, you can see how your city compares to other cities.

Urban Green explores new and innovative ways for "built out" cities to add much-needed parkland. Peter Harnik explains why urban parks are needed, then addresses how much parkland is truly possible and where specific investment can go.

Data showing total parkland as percentage of city land area, park acreage per 1,000 residents, and park acreage by city and agency.

Data on dog parks per 100,000 residents in U.S. cities from the City Park Facts 2010 repo

A new study of the park system of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, shows that the county's parks generate considerable economic value—both to the local government and to Mecklenburg County residents.

City Population Density data from the 2010 City Park Facts.

Statistics on dog parks from the Center for City Park Excellence.

Data on the types of facilities found in parks in U.S. cities from City Park Facts 2010 report.

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