Austin, TX
2019 ParkScore® ranking: #43
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Austin’s ParkScore rating:
Access
40 out of 100
Acreage
67.5 out of 100
Investment
62.5 out of 100
Amenities
40 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100.
In evaluating park systems, we include land owned by all public agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Austin meeting that goal?
59%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 54%
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
10%
of Austin's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Austin are parks needed most?
Austin has 359 parks
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Austin Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
33 rd percentile
2.5 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
65 th percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
14 th percentile
1.5 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
32 nd percentile
1.2 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
30 th percentile
0.6 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
68 th percentile
1.8 per 100,000 people
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Mayor Steve Adler has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Austin resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone deserves a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Adler
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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You believe everyone deserves access to great parks. We can help you reach that goal.
Contact Robert Kent, Texas State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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