New York, NY
2020 ParkScore® ranking: #11
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated New York’s ParkScore rating:
Access
99 out of 100
Acreage
53 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
46 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
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is New York meeting that goal?
99%
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
21%
of New York's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in New York are parks needed most?
New York has 2314 parks
We’ve mapped park access in 14,000 cities and towns across the country. Our free mapping platform helps you pinpoint where to focus park investments in your city.

Across New York City, there are 284 people per acre of green space.

  • In the Bronx, there are 257 people per acre of green space.
  • In Brooklyn, there are 411 people per acre of green space.
  • In Manhattan, there are 587 people per acre of green space.
  • In Queens, there are 256 people per acre of green space.
  • In Staten Island, there are 60 people per acre of green space.
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New York Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
66 th percentile
4.1 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
72 nd percentile
1.7 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
32 nd percentile
2.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
18 th percentile
0.8 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
2 nd percentile
0.1 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
94 th percentile
6.9 per 100,000 people
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every New York resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone deserves a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor de Blasio
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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