Milwaukee, WI

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How we calculate the Milwaukee ParkScore® Ranking

The ranking for Milwaukee is based on how it compares nationally on five characteristics of an excellent park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
87 pts
Acreage
40 pts
Investment
61 pts
Amenities
71 pts
Equity
54 pts
91% of Milwaukee residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Median City, 100 most populous U.S. cities: 74%
Median City, all urban cities and towns in U.S.: 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.

Milwaukee residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
91
Adults (20 - 64)
91
Seniors (65+)
89
By Income (%)
High Income
90
Middle Income
90
Low Income
92
By Race/Ethnicity (%)
Native American*
92
Asian*
89
Black*
91
Hispanic
93
Pacific Islander*
90
White*
90
2 or More Races*
90
Other*
91
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by race/ethnicity
Residents in neighborhoods of color* have access to 45% less park space per person than the city’s average neighborhood and 68% less than those in white neighborhoods. Additionally, we compared park space in the city’s average neighborhood with others by specific race and ethnicity:
*Neighborhoods of color are defined as those in Milwaukee with the highest concentrations of people who identify as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, multiple races, or other communities of color (more information).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by income
Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 35% less park space per person than those in the average Milwaukee neighborhood and 56% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.
10% of Milwaukee’s land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
How do park amenities measure up?
These six amenities reflect activities popular among a diverse selection of user groups (kids, teenagers, adults, seniors). For each amenity, Milwaukee is awarded points based on their abundance relative to the other 99 cities.
Basketball Hoops
100/100pts
8.9 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
84/100pts
4.9 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
56/100pts
0.9 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
11/100pts
0.5 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
76/100pts
2.3 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
98/100pts
2.6 per 100,000 people
How much is Milwaukee investing in parks?
We compared Milwaukee with the other 100 most populous cities in the nation on total park investment per person, aggregating all public and private spending for any publicly accessible park in the city.
Park Investment (Three-Year Average)
  • City agency
    $1 (1%)
  • Other public agencies
    $129.95 (92%)
  • Private organizations
    $8.28 (6%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $2.66 (2%)
$142
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National benchmark: Relative park spending by organization type
  • Average among 100 most populous cities
  • City agency: 85.5%
  • Other public agencies: 7%
  • Private organizations: 5.5%
  • Monetized volunteer hours: 2%
  • Total per capita spending: $108 per person
Make the Commitment
Pledge to make parks a priority!
Everyone should have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. Our 10-Minute Walk™ Program calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies that accelerate the creation of parks.