Cincinnati, OH
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #8
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Cincinnati’s ParkScore rating:
Access
80 out of 100
Acreage
53 out of 100
Investment
89 out of 100
Amenities
90 out of 100
Equity
68 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 Cincinnati meeting that goal?
87%
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 15% less park space per person than the city median and 7% 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 17% less park space per person than the city median and 24% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

16%
of Cincinnati's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Cincinnati are parks needed most?
Cincinnati has 351 parks
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Cincinnati Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
92 nd percentile
8.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
68 th percentile
1.6 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
97 th percentile
4.9 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
87 th percentile
3.1 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
85 th percentile
1.5 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
88 th percentile
4.5 per 100,000 people
Cincinnati’s Park Spending Per Capita
Cincinnati’s total spending per capita: $172
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 John Cranley has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Cincinnati 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 Cranley
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
We’re helping people connect with nature near you
Timberman Ridge, Ohio. Photo: Neal Hess

The Trust for Public Land worked with local partners to protect these 254 acres of former farmland and connect it with the adjacent Forest Run Wildlife Preserve.

Colonel Charles Young

We helped protect the historic home of Colonel Charles Young, first African American Colonel in the United States Army.

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Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio had been saved many times from development before TPL stepped in to help Antioch College forever preserve this resource.