Aurora, CO

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How we calculate the Aurora ParkScore® Ranking

The ranking for Aurora is based on how it compares nationally on five characteristics of an excellent park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
81 pts
Acreage
57 pts
Investment
64 pts
Amenities
16 pts
Equity
51 pts
88% of Aurora residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Median City, 100 most populous U.S. cities: 74%
Median City, all urban cities and towns in U.S.: 55%

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.

Aurora residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
89
Adults (20 - 64)
88
Seniors (65+)
83
By Income (%)
High Income
85
Middle Income
88
Low Income
88
By Race/Ethnicity (%)
Native American*
88
Asian*
87
Black*
88
Hispanic
91
Pacific Islander*
92
White*
85
2 or More Races*
88
Other*
89
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by race/ethnicity
Residents in neighborhoods of color* have access to 43% less park space per person than the city’s average neighborhood and 70% less than those in white neighborhoods. Additionally, we compared park space in the city’s average neighborhood with others by specific race and ethnicity:
*Neighborhoods of color are defined as those in Aurora with the highest concentrations of people who identify as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, multiple races, or other communities of color (more information).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by income
Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 28% less park space per person than those in the average Aurora neighborhood and 54% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.
10% of Aurora’s land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
How do park amenities measure up?
These six amenities reflect activities popular among a diverse selection of user groups (kids, teenagers, adults, seniors). For each amenity, Aurora is awarded points based on their abundance relative to the other 99 cities.
Basketball Hoops
11/100pts
1.7 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
25/100pts
2.1 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
8/100pts
0.3 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
21/100pts
0.8 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
7/100pts
0.3 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
26/100pts
0.8 per 100,000 people
How much is Aurora investing in parks?
We compared Aurora with the other 100 most populous cities in the nation on total park investment per person, aggregating all public and private spending for any publicly accessible park in the city.
Park Investment (Three-Year Average)
  • City agency
    $147 (99%)
  • Other public agencies
    $0 (%)
  • Private organizations
    $0 (%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $2.12 (1%)
$149
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National benchmark: Relative park spending by organization type
  • Average among 100 most populous cities
  • City agency: 85.5%
  • Other public agencies: 7%
  • Private organizations: 5.5%
  • Monetized volunteer hours: 2%
  • Total per capita spending: $108 per person
Make the Commitment
Pledge to make parks a priority!
Everyone should have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. Our 10-Minute Walk™ Program calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies that accelerate the creation of parks.