Portland, OR
2022 Trust for Public Land ParkScore® Ranking: #11
Portland’s ranking is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How We Calculated Portland’s ParkScore® Rating:
86 out of 100
67 out of 100
100 out of 100
66 out of 100
54 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 Portland meeting that goal?
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 61% 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 60% less park space per person than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of Portland'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 Portland Are Parks Needed Most?
Portland Has 325 Parks
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Portland Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Most-Populous U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
43 points out of 100
3.4 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
100 points out of 100
5.8 per 100,000 people
24 points out of 100
2.1 per 10,000 people
100 points out of 100
6.1 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
27 points out of 100
0.5 per 20,000 people
100 points out of 100
2.9 per 100,000 people
Portland’s Park Spending Per Capita
Portland’s total spending per capita: $229
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 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 should have 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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We’re Helping People Connect with Nature Near You
Cherry Park, Oregon

Cherry Park, a beautiful and popular local park in a densely populated, park-poor suburb of the City of Portland was until only a few years ago, an old quarry site.

Waterleaf, Oregon

Waterleaf, a 26.85-acre parcel of forest and meadow on a butte top in Southeast Portland, is an early example of the Intertwine Alliance's efforts to build the world's best park system for the people of the Metro region

Colwood Park, Portland, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land is working with Portland Parks and Recreation to focus on densely populated areas that most need new parks—places like the Cully neighborhood, which has the city’s lowest number of parks per capital.