Austin, TX
39
How we calculate the Austin ParkScore® Rating

The ranking for Austin is based on five characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
54
Acreage
56
Investment
89
Amenities
38
Equity
43
70% of Austin residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. National Average 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.

How are the parks distributed?
Austin residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
69
Adults (20 - 64)
70
Seniors (65+)
68
By Income (%)
High Income
69
Middle Income
69
Low Income
71
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
71
Asian*
66
Black*
70
Hispanic
71
Pacific Islander*
70
White*
69
2 or More Races*
69
Other*
69
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Park Space per Person by Race/Ethnicity Reactive to City Median
Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 28% 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.
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Austin against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
24
2.2 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
20
1.9 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
30
0.5 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
56
1.5 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
28
1 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
67
1.8 per 100,000 people
How much is Austin investing in parks?
We compared Austin against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $147 (83%)
  • Other public agencies
    $1 (1%)
  • Private organizations
    $27 (15%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $3 (2%)
$178
Total Spending Per Capita
  • 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
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.
A statement from Mayor Steve Adler
Mayor Steve Adler has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.