New Orleans, LA
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #26
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated New Orleans’s ParkScore rating:
70 out of 100
56 out of 100
79 out of 100
46 out of 100
52 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 New Orleans 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 5% more park space per person than the city median and 49% 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 4% more park space per person than the city median and 33% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of New Orleans's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in New Orleans are parks needed most?
New Orleans has 245 parks
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New Orleans Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
52 nd percentile
3.3 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
28 th percentile
0.8 per 100,000 people
95 th percentile
4.7 per 10,000 people
76 th percentile
2.6 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
47 th percentile
0.7 per 20,000 people
12 th percentile
0.3 per 100,000 people
New Orleans’s Park Spending Per Capita
New Orleans’s total spending per capita: $154
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
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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