Madison, WI
2019 ParkScore® ranking: #12
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Madison’s ParkScore rating:
Access
92.5 out of 100
Acreage
57.5 out of 100
Investment
70 out of 100
Amenities
70 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100.
In evaluating park systems, we include land owned by all public agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Madison meeting that goal?
94%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 54%
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
14%
of Madison's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Madison are parks needed most?
Madison has 284 parks
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Madison Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
98 th percentile
10.6 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
93 rd percentile
3.9 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
100 th percentile
7 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
78 th percentile
2.7 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
1 st percentile
0.1 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
52 nd percentile
1.2 per 100,000 people
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