New York, NY
2022 Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Ranking: #10
New York’s ranking is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How We Calculated New York’s ParkScore® Rating:
Access
99 out of 100
Acreage
52 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
52 out of 100
Equity
75 out of 100
How does it work?
Each of the 100 most-populous U.S. cities is awarded points
for 14 measures across the five categories listed above (Access,
Acreage, Investment, Amenities, Equity). The average of those
five category scores give each city its ParkScore® rating.
In evaluating a city's park systems, we consider any
publicly accessible land that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
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.
Is New York meeting that goal?
99%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
Median for the 100 ParkScore® cities: 75%
Median for the 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 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).

Nearby park space by race/ethnicity

Additional Findings:

Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 28% 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.

Nearby park space by income

Additional Findings:

Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 19% less park space per person than those in high-income neighborhoods.

16%
of New York's city land is used for parks and recreation.
Median for 100 ParkScore® cities: 19%
Median for all 14,000 cities and towns in our ParkServe® database: 15%
Where in New York Are Parks Needed Most?
New York Has 2329 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 Most-Populous U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
65 points out of 100
4.8 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
69 points out of 100
1.8 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
29 points out of 100
2.3 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
25 points out of 100
0.9 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
21 points out of 100
0.4 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
100 points out of 100
7.1 per 100,000 people
New York’s Park Spending Per Capita
New York’s total spending per capita: $209
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
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 should have 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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Contact Carter Strickland, New York State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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