Buffalo, NY
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #38
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Buffalo’s ParkScore rating:
Access
85 out of 100
Acreage
25 out of 100
Investment
47 out of 100
Amenities
61 out of 100
Equity
64 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100 points,
calculated as an average of their points for each of the
five categories. In evaluating park systems, we include
all publicly accessible land within the 100 most populous
U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
We're working to ensure there's a park within a 10-minute walk of home
of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America.
Is Buffalo meeting that goal?
89%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 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).

Park Space Per Person by Race/Ethnicity Relative to City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods of color have access to 8% less park space per person than the city median and 53% less than those in white neighborhoods.

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

Park Space per Person By Income Relative to the City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 8% more park space per person than the city median and 15% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

9%
of Buffalo's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Buffalo are parks needed most?
Buffalo has 353 parks
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Buffalo Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
85 th percentile
6.3 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
27 th percentile
0.8 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
43 rd percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
69 th percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
43 rd percentile
0.7 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
86 th percentile
4.2 per 100,000 people
Buffalo’s Park Spending Per Capita
Buffalo’s total spending per capita: $98
National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
City agency: $81 (85%)
Other public agencies: $6 (6%)
Private organizations: $5 (5%)
Monetized volunteer hours: $4 (4%)
TOTAL: $96
Mayor Byron Brown has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Buffalo resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that evryone should have a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Brown
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