Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, NC
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #91
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Charlotte/Mecklenburg County’s ParkScore rating:
7 out of 100
63 out of 100
31 out of 100
34 out of 100
39 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 Charlotte/Mecklenburg County meeting that goal?
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 5% more park space per person than the city median and 2% 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 11% more park space per person than the city median and 23% more than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County are parks needed most?
Charlotte/Mecklenburg County has 334 parks
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Charlotte/Mecklenburg County Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
66 th percentile
4.2 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
19 th percentile
0.6 per 100,000 people
70 th percentile
3.5 per 10,000 people
15 th percentile
0.7 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
23 rd percentile
0.4 per 20,000 people
30 th percentile
0.8 per 100,000 people
Charlotte/Mecklenburg County’s Park Spending Per Capita
Charlotte/Mecklenburg County’s total spending per capita: $70
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
Our 10-Minute Walk campaign calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to ensure every resident has a great park close to home.
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We’re helping people connect with nature near you

The Trust for Public Land's Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) is a network of trails and greenways that will eventually connect 15 counties and 2.3 million citizens in North and South Carolina, linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions.

In May 2000, TPL helped protect 23 acres bounded by an important tributary to Mountain Island Lake.

In 1999, the proposed construction of 454 homes threatened 425 acres on the western side of Mountain Island Lake, only a thousand feet from water intakes for the communities of Gastonia and Mount Holly.