Chicago, IL
2020 ParkScore® ranking: #10
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Chicago’s ParkScore rating:
Access
98 out of 100
Acreage
33 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
73 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
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 Chicago meeting that goal?
98%
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
10%
of Chicago's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Chicago are parks needed most?
Chicago has 1232 parks
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Chicago Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
71 st percentile
4.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
46 th percentile
1 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
76 th percentile
3.6 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
71 st percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
95 th percentile
1.8 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
97 th percentile
8.8 per 100,000 people
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