Seattle, WA
2019 ParkScore® ranking: #11
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Seattle’s ParkScore rating:
Access
95 out of 100
Acreage
42.5 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
55 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100.
In evaluating park systems, we include land owned by all public agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Seattle meeting that goal?
96%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 54%
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
13%
of Seattle's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Seattle are parks needed most?
Seattle has 508 parks
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Seattle Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
56 th percentile
3.3 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
79 th percentile
2 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
33 rd percentile
2.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
70 th percentile
2.4 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
49 th percentile
0.8 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
56 th percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
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