Phoenix, AZ
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #82
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Phoenix’s ParkScore rating:
Access
22 out of 100
Acreage
87 out of 100
Investment
37 out of 100
Amenities
28 out of 100
Equity
24 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 Phoenix meeting that goal?
49%
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 20% less park space per person than the city median and 48% 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 28% less park space per person than the city median and 59% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

15%
of Phoenix's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Phoenix are parks needed most?
Phoenix has 217 parks
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Phoenix Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
15 th percentile
1.8 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
23 rd percentile
0.7 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
18 th percentile
1.7 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
68 th percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
19 th percentile
0.4 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
17 th percentile
0.6 per 100,000 people
Phoenix’s Park Spending Per Capita
Phoenix’s total spending per capita: $81
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.
Tell your mayor: pledge to make parks a priority!
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We’re helping people connect with nature near you

TPL helped the city protect an additional four acres adjacent to this Phoenix landmark preventing development at the edge of this picturesque desert landscape.

Queen Creek, AZ

Working with the town and a local developer, The Trust for Public Land purchased an 80-acre site for a new community park and recreation complex.

Horseshoe Ranch, AZ. Agua Fria National Monument,

This historic ranch headquarters is wholly surrounded by the 71,000-acre Aqua Fria National Monument, which contains critical wildlife habitat and an extensive network of Native American sites.