Albuquerque, NM
2022 Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Ranking: #34
Albuquerque’s ranking 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
32 out of 100
51 out of 100
61 out of 100
How does it work?
Each of the 100 most-populous U.S. cities is awarded points
for 14 measures across the five categories listed above (Access,
Acreage, Investment, Amenities, Equity). The average of those
five category scores give each city its ParkScore® rating.
In evaluating a city's park systems, we consider any
publicly accessible land that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
We're working to ensure that every person, in every neighborhood, in every city
across America has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Albuquerque meeting that goal?
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
Median for the 100 ParkScore® cities: 75%
Median for the 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 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).

Nearby park space by race/ethnicity

Additional Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 26% less park space per person than those in predominantly white neighborhoods.

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

Nearby park space by income

Additional Findings:

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

of Albuquerque's city land is used for parks and recreation.
Median for 100 ParkScore® cities: 19%
Median for all 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 15%
Where in Albuquerque Are Parks Needed Most?
Albuquerque Has 468 Parks
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Albuquerque Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Most-Populous U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
28 points out of 100
2.5 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
98 points out of 100
2.5 per 100,000 people
47 points out of 100
3.2 per 10,000 people
38 points out of 100
1.3 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
68 points out of 100
1.1 per 20,000 people
24 points out of 100
0.7 per 100,000 people
Albuquerque’s Park Spending Per Capita
Albuquerque’s total spending per capita: $75
National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
City agency: $83 (85%)
Other public agencies: $7 (7%)
Private organizations: $5 (5%)
Monetized volunteer hours: $3 (3%)
TOTAL: $98
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