New York, NY
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #11
Our analysis 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
49 out of 100
Equity
74 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 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

*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 0% less park space per person than the city median and 33% 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 23% more park space per person than the city median and 21% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

16%
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
65 th percentile
4.1 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
71 st percentile
1.7 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
39 th percentile
2.3 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
19 th percentile
0.8 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
16 th percentile
0.4 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
93 rd percentile
7.1 per 100,000 people
New York’s Park Spending Per Capita
New York’s total spending per capita: $219
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 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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Brooklyn’s M.S. 267/La Cima Charter School /Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School playground was renovated through The Trust for Public Land’s participatory design process with students.

East River State Park, New York

In 2003, TPL joined
local groups, including the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for
Parks & Planning, to conduct open space planning, and produce a greenprint for New York's East River.

East River State Park, New York

Until the mid-1900s the Eastern District Terminal in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was a major rail-to-barge shipping facility, mainly for sugar from a nearby refinery. Abandoned for decades, the site fell into disrepair and was abandoned. Meanwhile, due to growth pressure in Manhattan, the...