Cleveland, OH
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #24
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Cleveland’s ParkScore rating:
Access
75 out of 100
Acreage
32 out of 100
Investment
69 out of 100
Amenities
63 out of 100
Equity
73 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 Cleveland meeting that goal?
83%
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 13% more park space per person than the city median and 2% more 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 19% more park space per person than the city median and 2% more than those in high-income neighborhoods.

6%
of Cleveland's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Cleveland are parks needed most?
Cleveland has 186 parks
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Cleveland Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
84 th percentile
6.2 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
30 th percentile
0.8 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
78 th percentile
3.7 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
26 th percentile
1 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
74 th percentile
1.2 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
99 th percentile
10.6 per 100,000 people
Cleveland’s Park Spending Per Capita
Cleveland’s total spending per capita: $137
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 Frank Jackson has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Cleveland 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 Jackson
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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Contact Sean Terry, Ohio State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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Towpath Trail, Cleveland, Ohio

The Trust for Public Land acquired two long-sought after properties along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland for the trail.

The Trust for Public Land and the Cleveland Rowing Foundation are converting seven acres of commercial riverfront land into a vibrant new public park in the center of the Flats.

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The first segment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail, the "backbone" of the Cuyahoga-Lake Link, was dedicated in August 2015. Soon Northeast Ohioans and visitors will be able to ride their bikes along the beloved Towpath Trail from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way to Lake...