Portland, OR
2019 ParkScore® ranking: #5
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Portland’s ParkScore rating:
Access
85 out of 100
Acreage
70 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
65 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 Portland meeting that goal?
89%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 54%
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
18%
of Portland's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Portland are parks needed most?
Portland has 325 parks
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Portland Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
67 th percentile
3.8 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
99 th percentile
5.4 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
29 th percentile
2.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
59 th percentile
2 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
32 nd percentile
0.6 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
76 th percentile
2.5 per 100,000 people
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Mayor Ted Wheeler has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Portland 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 Wheeler
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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