Madison, WI
2022 Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Ranking: #13
Madison’s ranking is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How We Calculated Madison’s ParkScore® Rating:
Access
94 out of 100
Acreage
56 out of 100
Investment
68 out of 100
Amenities
72 out of 100
Equity
68 out of 100
How does it work?
Each of the 100 most-populous U.S. cities is awarded points
for 14 measures across the five categories listed above (Access,
Acreage, Investment, Amenities, Equity). The average of those
five category scores give each city its ParkScore® rating.
In evaluating a city's park systems, we consider any
publicly accessible land that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
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.
Is Madison meeting that goal?
95%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
Median for the 100 ParkScore® cities: 75%
Median for the 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 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).

Nearby park space by race/ethnicity

Additional Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 4% 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.

Nearby park space by income

Additional Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 69% less park space per person than those in high-income neighborhoods.

14%
of Madison's city land is used for parks and recreation.
Median for 100 ParkScore® cities: 19%
Median for all 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 15%
Where in Madison Are Parks Needed Most?
Madison Has 297 Parks
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Madison Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Most-Populous U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
100 points out of 100
10.1 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
100 points out of 100
4.1 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
100 points out of 100
7.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
88 points out of 100
2.8 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
1 points out of 100
0.1 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
41 points out of 100
1.1 per 100,000 people
Madison’s Park Spending Per Capita
Madison’s total spending per capita: $140
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
Our 10-Minute Walk campaign calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to ensure every resident has a great park close to home.
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