Seattle, WA
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #9
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated Seattle’s ParkScore rating:
96 out of 100
55 out of 100
100 out of 100
49 out of 100
77 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 Seattle meeting that goal?
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 38% more park space per person than the city median and 5% 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% less park space per person than the city median and 36% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

of Seattle's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Seattle are parks needed most?
Seattle has 609 parks
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Seattle Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
44 th percentile
3 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
77 th percentile
1.9 per 100,000 people
28 th percentile
2 per 10,000 people
67 th percentile
2.3 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
44 th percentile
0.7 per 20,000 people
44 th percentile
1.2 per 100,000 people
Seattle’s Park Spending Per Capita
Seattle’s total spending per capita: $319
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 Jenny Durkan has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Seattle 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 Durkan
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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Blaine Street Steps

One of TPL's smallest Northwest projects, the Blaine Street Steps climb two solid blocks up to Seattle's North Capitol Hill neighborhood.

In 1998, TPL, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), stepped in to protect the last undeveloped piece of downtown Seattle waterfront for a public sculpture park.

Seattle Arboretum: Photo: David McDonald

When the last piece of private property bordering the Seattle Arboretum's Japanese Garden was put on the market for residential development, TPL was asked for help protect it.