St. Paul, MN
2020 ParkScore® ranking: #3
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated St. Paul’s ParkScore rating:
99 out of 100
53 out of 100
100 out of 100
78 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
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 St. Paul 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
of St. Paul's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in St. Paul are parks needed most?
St. Paul has 264 parks
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St. Paul Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
90 th percentile
7.7 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
61 st percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
86 th percentile
4 per 10,000 people
89 th percentile
3.2 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
91 st percentile
1.7 per 20,000 people
55 th percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
Mayor Melvin Carter has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every St. Paul resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone deserves a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Carter
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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