Kansas City, MO
21
How we calculate the Kansas City ParkScore® Rating

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

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Access
55
Acreage
73
Investment
61
Amenities
47
Equity
81
70% of Kansas City 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?
Kansas City residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
69
Adults (20 - 64)
71
Seniors (65+)
69
By Income (%)
High Income
65
Middle Income
72
Low Income
76
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
71
Asian*
72
Black*
78
Hispanic
80
Pacific Islander*
60
White*
63
2 or More Races*
70
Other*
72
*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 81% more 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 Kansas City against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
32
2.7 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
79
4.7 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
23
0.4 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
24
0.8 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
23
0.8 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
100
3.1 per 100,000 people
How much is Kansas City investing in parks?
We compared Kansas City against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $126 (98%)
  • Other public agencies
    $0 (%)
  • Private organizations
    $1 (1%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $1 (1%)
$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