Richmond, VA
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #47
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Richmond’s ParkScore rating:
Access
68 out of 100
Acreage
24 out of 100
Investment
26 out of 100
Amenities
50 out of 100
Equity
84 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 Richmond meeting that goal?
79%
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 14% more park space per person than the city median and 215% more 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 13% more park space per person than the city median and 83% more than those in high-income neighborhoods.

7%
of Richmond's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Richmond are parks needed most?
Richmond has 172 parks
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Richmond Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
88 th percentile
7.4 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
57 th percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
26 th percentile
2 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
2 nd percentile
0.1 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
95 th percentile
1.9 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
33 rd percentile
0.9 per 100,000 people
Richmond’s Park Spending Per Capita
Richmond’s total spending per capita: $61
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 Levar Stoney has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Richmond 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 Stoney
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