Denver, CO
2020 ParkScore® ranking: #22
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Denver’s ParkScore rating:
86 out of 100
51 out of 100
72 out of 100
59 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 Denver 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
of Denver's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Denver are parks needed most?
Denver has 314 parks
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Denver Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
72 nd percentile
4.8 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
73 rd percentile
1.8 per 100,000 people
75 th percentile
3.6 per 10,000 people
36 th percentile
1.2 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
59 th percentile
0.8 per 20,000 people
65 th percentile
1.6 per 100,000 people
Mayor Michael Hancock has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Denver 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 Hancock
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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You believe we all need access to great parks. We can help you reach that goal.
Contact Jim Petterson, Colorado State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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