Pittsburgh, PA
16
How we calculate the Pittsburgh ParkScore® Rating

The ranking for Pittsburgh is based on five characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
88
Acreage
43
Investment
54
Amenities
92
Equity
59
92% of Pittsburgh residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. National Average 55%

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.

How are the parks distributed?
Pittsburgh residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
91
Adults (20 - 64)
92
Seniors (65+)
91
By Income (%)
High Income
93
Middle Income
92
Low Income
92
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
92
Asian*
89
Black*
92
Hispanic
93
Pacific Islander*
92
White*
92
2 or More Races*
92
Other*
91
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Park Space per Person by Race/Ethnicity Reactive to City Median
Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 54% 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.
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Pittsburgh against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
100
8.8 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
72
4.4 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
100
1.8 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
90
2.3 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
91
2.9 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
100
9.4 per 100,000 people
How much is Pittsburgh investing in parks?
We compared Pittsburgh against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $89 (77%)
  • Other public agencies
    $0 (%)
  • Private organizations
    $24 (21%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $1 (1%)
$115
Total Spending Per Capita
  • 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
Make the Commitment
Pledge to make parks a priority!
Everyone should have access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. Our 10-Minute Walk™ Program calls on mayors to demonstrate their commitment to parks and adopt long-term, system-wide strategies that accelerate the creation of parks.
A statement from Mayor Bill Peduto
Mayor Bill Peduto has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.