Milwaukee, WI
28
How we calculate the Milwaukee ParkScore® Rating

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

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Access
86
Acreage
41
Investment
59
Amenities
62
Equity
53
90% of Milwaukee 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?
Milwaukee residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
90
Adults (20 - 64)
91
Seniors (65+)
88
By Income (%)
High Income
89
Middle Income
89
Low Income
91
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
90
Asian*
89
Black*
90
Hispanic
93
Pacific Islander*
87
White*
89
2 or More Races*
89
Other*
87
*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 70% less 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 Milwaukee against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
78
5.5 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
79
4.7 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
59
0.9 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
11
0.5 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
68
2.2 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
76
2 per 100,000 people
How much is Milwaukee investing in parks?
We compared Milwaukee against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $1 (1%)
  • Other public agencies
    $114 (92%)
  • Private organizations
    $6 (5%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $3 (2%)
$124
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
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.