Des Moines, IA
25
How we calculate the Des Moines ParkScore® Rating

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

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Access
58
Acreage
75
Investment
61
Amenities
71
Equity
40
72% of Des Moines 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?
Des Moines residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
72
Adults (20 - 64)
72
Seniors (65+)
71
By Income (%)
High Income
74
Middle Income
72
Low Income
72
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
71
Asian*
73
Black*
78
Hispanic
74
Pacific Islander*
75
White*
70
2 or More Races*
73
Other*
88
*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 60% 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 Des Moines against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
42
3.3 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
50
3.3 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
87
1.3 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
67
1.8 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
78
2.5 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
100
10.2 per 100,000 people
How much is Des Moines investing in parks?
We compared Des Moines against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $97 (76%)
  • Other public agencies
    $3 (2%)
  • Private organizations
    $25 (20%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $4 (3%)
$128
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