Sacramento, CA
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #31
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Sacramento’s ParkScore rating:
Access
75 out of 100
Acreage
47 out of 100
Investment
57 out of 100
Amenities
64 out of 100
Equity
52 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 Sacramento meeting that goal?
83%
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 48% less park space per person than the city median and 63% 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 10% less park space per person than the city median and 31% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

10%
of Sacramento's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Sacramento are parks needed most?
Sacramento has 259 parks
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Sacramento Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
11 th percentile
1.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
92 nd percentile
3.1 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
89 th percentile
4.3 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
55 th percentile
1.8 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
49 th percentile
0.7 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
79 th percentile
3 per 100,000 people
Sacramento’s Park Spending Per Capita
Sacramento’s total spending per capita: $116
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 Darrell Steinberg has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Sacramento 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 Steinberg
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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Contact Guillermo Rodriguez, California State Director at the Trust for Public Land
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