St. Paul, MN
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #2
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated St. Paul’s ParkScore rating:
Access
99 out of 100
Acreage
53 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
77 out of 100
Equity
72 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 St. Paul meeting that goal?
99%
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 30% less park space per person than the city median and 30% 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 16% less park space per person than the city median and 35% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.

16%
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
We’ve mapped park access in 14,000 cities and towns across the country. Our free mapping platform helps you pinpoint where to focus park investments in your city.
Explore the map
See St. Paul's Map
St. Paul Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
90 th percentile
7.8 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
58 th percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
86 th percentile
4.1 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
89 th percentile
3.3 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
90 th percentile
1.7 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
52 nd percentile
1.3 per 100,000 people
St. Paul’s Park Spending Per Capita
St. Paul’s total spending per capita: $234
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 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 evryone should have a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Carter
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
Partner with us
You believe we all need access to great parks. We can help you reach that goal.
Contact Susan Schmidt, Minnesota State Director at the Trust for Public Land
Contact us
We’re helping people connect with nature near you
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, MN

The Trust for Public Land led the effort to transform a 27-acre industrial site located in St. Paul's East Side into a park and nature sanctuary in honor of late Congressman Bruce Vento.

Frogtown Park and Farm

In 2013, we worked with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation to secure 12.7 acres in the heart of the neighborhood and transfer it to the city. Now, we're raising funds to help transform the site into a recreation area, nature sanctuary, and...

In 2009, students and staff at Gordon Parks High School, a public alternative learning center in St. Paul, originated the vision and started the movement for a vibrant, interactive park adjacent to their school in place of three vacant, fenced-off lots strewn with trash and abandoned cars. A...