Boston, MA
2022 Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Ranking: #12
Boston’s ranking is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How We Calculated Boston’s ParkScore® Rating:
Access
100 out of 100
Acreage
48 out of 100
Investment
83 out of 100
Amenities
61 out of 100
Equity
78 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 Boston meeting that goal?
100%
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 12% 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 19% less park space per person than those in high-income neighborhoods.

17%
of Boston'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 Boston Are Parks Needed Most?
Boston Has 836 Parks
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Boston Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Most-Populous U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
54 points out of 100
4.1 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
53 points out of 100
1.4 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
62 points out of 100
3.9 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
26 points out of 100
0.9 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
69 points out of 100
1.1 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
100 points out of 100
12.1 per 100,000 people
Boston’s Park Spending Per Capita
Boston’s total spending per capita: $168
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 Michelle Wu has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Boston 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 Wu
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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You believe we all need access to great parks. We can help you reach that goal.
Contact Kelly Boling, Massachusetts State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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We’re Helping People Connect with Nature Near You
Garrison-Trotter Farm

There are 2,600 vacant lots scattered throughout Boston-and they've got potential. The Trust for Public Land is working to transform unused, city-owned land into neighborhood farms that will create new job opportunities and provide residents with locally grown, nutritious produce.

Photo of kids planning with a map, phones, laptops

The Trust for Public Land is helping residents of Boston’s Grove Hall neighborhood transform a prominently situated vacant lot into a new park, through a partnership with the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Boston Department of Neighborhood Development.

Photo of a man at a farm

As in many cities around the country, low-income neighborhoods in Boston are burdened with high unemployment rates and limited access to healthy food. Together, these factors contribute to a local food crisis that disproportionately affects the city's most vulnerable people.