Los Angeles, CA
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #71
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Los Angeles’s ParkScore rating:
Access
45 out of 100
Acreage
51 out of 100
Investment
60 out of 100
Amenities
24 out of 100
Equity
32 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 Los Angeles meeting that goal?
64%
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 13% less park space per person than the city median and 66% less 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 24% less park space per person than the city median and 70% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

13%
of Los Angeles's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Los Angeles are parks needed most?
Los Angeles has 646 parks
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Los Angeles Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
40 th percentile
2.8 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
8 th percentile
0.4 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
4 th percentile
1.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
43 rd percentile
1.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
55 th percentile
0.8 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
14 th percentile
0.4 per 100,000 people
Los Angeles’s Park Spending Per Capita
Los Angeles’s total spending per capita: $121
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 Eric Garcetti has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Los Angeles 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 Garcetti
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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You believe we all need access to great parks. We can help you reach that goal.
Contact Guillermo Rodriguez, California State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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Carlton Way Pocket Park design schematic

In an underserved Los Angeles neighborhood where no green or public spaces exist within a half-mile radius, we're creating a .2-acre park on an abandoned lot that has been vacant since the mid-1990s.