We ranked America’s park systems. And the winner is …

By Trust for Public Land
Published May 22, 2018

We ranked America’s park systems. And the winner is …

We admit it: we’re park nerds here at The Trust for Public Land. So we’re excited to release this year’s ParkScore® index, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. cities based on park access, acreage, and funding.

Find your city’s ParkScore ranking for 2018.

ParkScore spurs friendly competition between cities and offers insights into how they plan for parks and open spaces. But our favorite thing about ParkScore is its power to inspire action—helping elected officials and everyday people use data to make the case for parks in their communities.

ga_enota05202017_37Our ParkScore rankings give everyday people the tools and information to advocate for more parks in their communities.Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin

Since 2009, this data has transformed the conversation about parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities. But today, we’re dreaming bigger: we’re leading a national movement to ensure that everyone, in every neighborhood, in every city in the country, has a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

That’s why this spring, we launched a brand new, cutting-edge data platform for mapping access to parks in nearly every city and town in the country. Now, anyone with access to the internet can measure access to parks in their community, and pinpoint exactly where new parks are needed most.

Sound cool? Explore the data, and find out how you can get involved, at tpl.org/10minutewalk.

Champion Outdoors for All

One-third of Americans, including 28 million children, lack safe, easy access to a park within a 10-minute walk of home. Urge your senators to allocate funding to create parks and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities by championing the Outdoors for All Act today!

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