Fort Worth, TX

88
How we calculate the Fort Worth ParkScore® Ranking

The ranking for Fort Worth is based on how it compares nationally on five characteristics of an excellent park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
41 pts
Acreage
52 pts
Investment
31 pts
Amenities
12 pts
Equity
47 pts
62% of Fort Worth residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Median City, 100 most populous U.S. cities: 74%
Median City, all urban cities and towns in U.S.: 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.

Fort Worth residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
61
Adults (20 - 64)
62
Seniors (65+)
62
By Income (%)
High Income
59
Middle Income
61
Low Income
63
By Race/Ethnicity (%)
Native American*
59
Asian*
60
Black*
59
Hispanic
65
Pacific Islander*
56
White*
60
2 or More Races*
59
Other*
59
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by race/ethnicity
Residents in neighborhoods of color* have access to 22% more park space per person than the city’s average neighborhood and 15% less than those in white neighborhoods. Additionally, we compared park space in the city’s average neighborhood with others by specific race and ethnicity:
*Neighborhoods of color are defined as those in Fort Worth with the highest concentrations of people who identify as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, multiple races, or other communities of color (more information).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by income
Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 12% more park space per person than those in the average Fort Worth neighborhood and 14% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.
6% of Fort Worth’s land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
How do park amenities measure up?
These six amenities reflect activities popular among a diverse selection of user groups (kids, teenagers, adults, seniors). For each amenity, Fort Worth is awarded points based on their abundance relative to the other 99 cities.
Basketball Hoops
19/100pts
2.2 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
26/100pts
2.2 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
19/100pts
0.5 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
7/100pts
0.4 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
1/100pts
0.2 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
1/100pts
0.1 per 100,000 people
How much is Fort Worth investing in parks?
We compared Fort Worth with the other 100 most populous cities in the nation on total park investment per person, aggregating all public and private spending for any publicly accessible park in the city.
Park Investment (Three-Year Average)
  • City agency
    $83 (97%)
  • Other public agencies
    $1.43 (2%)
  • Private organizations
    $1 (1%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $0.9 (1%)
$86
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National benchmark: Relative park spending by organization type
  • Average among 100 most populous cities
  • City agency: 85.5%
  • Other public agencies: 7%
  • Private organizations: 5.5%
  • Monetized volunteer hours: 2%
  • Total per capita spending: $108 per person
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.