Kansas City, MO
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #20
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Kansas City’s ParkScore rating:
Access
54 out of 100
Acreage
73 out of 100
Investment
65 out of 100
Amenities
46 out of 100
Equity
81 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100 points,
calculated as an average of their points for each of the
five categories. In evaluating park systems, we include
all publicly accessible land 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 Kansas City meeting that goal?
70%
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

*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).

Park Space Per Person by Race/Ethnicity Relative to City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods of color have access to 25% more park space per person than the city median and 74% more than those in white neighborhoods.

Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.

Park Space per Person By Income Relative to the City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 18% more park space per person than the city median and 65% more than those in high-income neighborhoods.

8%
of Kansas City's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Kansas City are parks needed most?
Kansas City has 471 parks
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Kansas City Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
32 nd percentile
2.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
29 th percentile
0.8 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
92 nd percentile
4.4 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
18 th percentile
0.8 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
18 th percentile
0.4 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
78 th percentile
2.9 per 100,000 people
Kansas City’s Park Spending Per Capita
Kansas City’s total spending per capita: $131
National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
City agency: $81 (85%)
Other public agencies: $6 (6%)
Private organizations: $5 (5%)
Monetized volunteer hours: $4 (4%)
TOTAL: $96
Mayor Quinton Lucas has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Kansas City 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 Lucas
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
We’re helping people connect with nature near you
Stephens Lake, Missouri. Photo: Mike Lising

Working against a tight timeline, TPL helped negotiate an agreement between landowner Stephens College and the city, and assisted in structuring a funding strategy approved by voters in November, 2000. The park opened to the public in 2001.

Strawberry Creek Valley, Missouri. Photo: Mike Moore

Developers had applied for approval to subdivide 119 acres of pristine forest and high plateau overlooking the Meramec River Valley into more than 250 housing sites. Concerned citizens organized in opposition and turned to TPL for assistance in acquiring the property, which they did in 1997.

Chain of Rocks Bridge, Missouri. Photo: Ted Curtis

TPL contributed $90,000 to the renovation effort of this bridge led by the local nonprofit land trust, Trailnet, Inc.