Portland, OR
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #10
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Portland’s ParkScore rating:
Access
86 out of 100
Acreage
69 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
66 out of 100
Equity
54 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 Portland meeting that goal?
90%
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 24% less park space per person than the city median and 61% 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 26% less park space per person than the city median and 60% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

14%
of Portland's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Portland are parks needed most?
Portland has 327 parks
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Portland Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
53 rd percentile
3.4 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
99 th percentile
5.8 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
31 st percentile
2.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
100 th percentile
6.1 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
24 th percentile
0.5 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
77 th percentile
2.9 per 100,000 people
Portland’s Park Spending Per Capita
Portland’s total spending per capita: $250
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 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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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.