2017 City Parks Facts Report

Every year, The Trust for Public Land compiles data on parks in the nation’s 100 largest cities. It’s the most complete and in-depth look at U.S. city park systems available—and it’s free to download.

Got questions?
The 2017 City Park Facts Report has answers.

How are city park systems serving people?

The report includes the latest data on city park acreage, access, facilities, land type, and more.

Who’s investing in city parks?

Learn how much cities are spending on parks and recreation—including adjustments for cost of living.

How can I make the case for parks in my city?

Find the facts you need for informed conversations with funders and policymakers.

What’s popular in parks?

Dog parks, basketball hoops, swimming pools—compare 2017 stats with years past to see trends.


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Download additional data not included in the print report.

Staffing and spending (XLS)
Recreation and park amenities (XLS)
Acreage and park system highlights (XLS)


The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence provides park professionals and advocates with the information they need to make the case for parks in their cities.

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