Minneapolis, MN
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #3
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Minneapolis’s ParkScore rating:
98 out of 100
63 out of 100
100 out of 100
78 out of 100
60 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100 points,
calculated as an average of their points for each of the
five categories. In evaluating park systems, we include
all publicly accessible land 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

*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).

Park Space Per Person by Race/Ethnicity Relative to City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods of color have access to 18% less park space per person than the city median and 58% less than those in white neighborhoods.

Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.

Park Space per Person By Income Relative to the City Median

Selected Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 33% less park space per person than the city median and 65% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of Minneapolis's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Minneapolis are parks needed most?
Minneapolis has 271 parks
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Minneapolis Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
56 th percentile
3.5 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
70 th percentile
1.7 per 100,000 people
84 th percentile
4.1 per 10,000 people
84 th percentile
2.9 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
99 th percentile
2.3 per 20,000 people
87 th percentile
4.2 per 100,000 people
Minneapolis’s Park Spending Per Capita
Minneapolis’s total spending per capita: $334
National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
City agency: $81 (85%)
Other public agencies: $6 (6%)
Private organizations: $5 (5%)
Monetized volunteer hours: $4 (4%)
TOTAL: $96
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 everyone 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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