Denver, CO
18
How we calculate the Denver ParkScore® Rating

The ranking for Denver is based on five characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
84
Acreage
49
Investment
74
Amenities
60
Equity
67
89% of Denver residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. National Average 55%

We’re working to ensure that every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

How are the parks distributed?
Denver residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
89
Adults (20 - 64)
89
Seniors (65+)
88
By Income (%)
High Income
89
Middle Income
88
Low Income
89
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
91
Asian*
88
Black*
86
Hispanic
91
Pacific Islander*
83
White*
88
2 or More Races*
87
Other*
91
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Park Space per Person by Race/Ethnicity Reactive to City Median
Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 18% less park space per person than those in predominantly white neighborhoods. Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Denver against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
63
4.7 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
55
3.6 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
50
0.8 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
71
1.8 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
36
1.2 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
84
2.2 per 100,000 people
How much is Denver investing in parks?
We compared Denver against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $149 (99%)
  • Other public agencies
    $0 (%)
  • Private organizations
    $2 (1%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $1 (1%)
$151
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
  • City agency: $83 (85%)
  • Other public agencies: $7 (7%)
  • Private organizations: $5 (5%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours: $3 (3%)
  • TOTAL: $98
Make the Commitment
Pledge to make parks a priority!
Everyone should have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. Our 10-Minute Walk™ Program calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies that accelerate the creation of parks.
A statement from Mayor Michael Hancock
Mayor Michael Hancock has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.