Albuquerque, NM
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #37
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Albuquerque’s ParkScore rating:
86 out of 100
62 out of 100
16 out of 100
61 out of 100
62 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100 points,
calculated as an average of their points for each of the
five categories. In evaluating park systems, we include
all publicly accessible land within the 100 most populous
U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
We're working to ensure there's a park within a 10-minute walk of home
of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America.
Is Albuquerque meeting that goal?
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 55%
Percent of residents within a
10-minute walk of a park by age
Children (0 - 19)
Adults (20 - 64)
Seniors (65+)
Percent of residents within a
10-minute walk of a park by income
Percent of residents within a 10-minute walk of a park by race/ethnicity

*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).

Park Space Per Person by Race/Ethnicity Relative to City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods of color have access to 2% less park space per person than the city median and 25% less than those in white neighborhoods.

Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.

Park Space per Person By Income Relative to the City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 3% less park space per person than the city median and 49% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of Albuquerque's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Albuquerque are parks needed most?
Albuquerque has 462 parks
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Albuquerque Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
25 th percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
89 th percentile
2.6 per 100,000 people
90 th percentile
4.3 per 10,000 people
44 th percentile
1.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
79 th percentile
1.3 per 20,000 people
39 th percentile
1 per 100,000 people
Albuquerque’s Park Spending Per Capita
Albuquerque’s total spending per capita: $44
National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
City agency: $81 (85%)
Other public agencies: $6 (6%)
Private organizations: $5 (5%)
Monetized volunteer hours: $4 (4%)
TOTAL: $96
Mayor Tim Keller has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Albuquerque resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone should have a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Keller
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
We’re helping people connect with nature near you

For generations, Native American and Hispanic people have used the scenic, mountainous land northwest of Taos for hunting, grazing, and the gathering of herbs, medicinal plants and firewood.

Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The new refuge, which is within a half hour drive of nearly half of New Mexico's population, is a place for people to connect with and learn about the natural world, and provides valuable wildlife and bird habitat

Trees of Corrales, New Mexico. Photo: Jane Bernard

The Koontz family has worked their tree farm near the Village of Corrales for more than 50 years.  For them, protecting the rural character of the picturesque Rio Grande valley is important to their livelihood and sense of place