Minneapolis, MN
2020 ParkScore® ranking: #1
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Minneapolis’s ParkScore rating:
98 out of 100
64 out of 100
100 out of 100
79 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
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 Minneapolis meeting that goal?
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
of Minneapolis's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Minneapolis are parks needed most?
Minneapolis has 269 parks
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Minneapolis Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
58 th percentile
3.5 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
70 th percentile
1.7 per 100,000 people
87 th percentile
4.1 per 10,000 people
82 nd percentile
2.9 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
99 th percentile
2.3 per 20,000 people
82 nd percentile
4 per 100,000 people
Mayor Jacob Frey has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Minneapolis 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 Frey
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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Contact Susan Schmidt, Minnesota State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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