Grand Rapids, MI

79% of Grand Rapids 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.

Grand Rapids residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
The average distance most people are willing to walk to reach a destination is 10-minutes or roughly half a mile. The 10-minute walk standard helps us examine the availability of parks close to home.
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
81
Adults (20 - 64)
80
Seniors (65+)
67
By Income (%)
High Income
76
Middle Income
79
Low Income
81
By Race/Ethnicity (%)
Native American*
84
Asian*
62
Black*
82
Hispanic
88
Pacific Islander*
79
White*
75
2 or More Races*
82
Other*
80
*Excludes those who report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
6% of Grand Rapids’s land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
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 Rosalynn Bliss
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.