St. Petersburg, FL
2021 ParkScore® ranking: #14
Our analysis is based on five characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.
How we calculated St. Petersburg’s ParkScore rating:
Access
63 out of 100
Acreage
61 out of 100
Investment
78 out of 100
Amenities
72 out of 100
Equity
78 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. Petersburg meeting that goal?
75%
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 36% more park space per person than the city median and 48% 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 24% more park space per person than the city median and 17% more than those in high-income neighborhoods.

11%
of St. Petersburg's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in St. Petersburg are parks needed most?
St. Petersburg has 168 parks
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St. Petersburg Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
62 nd percentile
4 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
84 th percentile
2.3 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
69 th percentile
3.4 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
97 th percentile
4.7 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
76 th percentile
1.2 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
58 th percentile
1.5 per 100,000 people
St. Petersburg’s Park Spending Per Capita
St. Petersburg’s total spending per capita: $153
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
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Pinellas Trail, FL

In 2005, TPL purchased a two-mile corridor from CSX Transportation, Inc. that brought the Pinellas Trail into downtown St. Petersburg, creating a safe, convenient route for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel in and out of downtown.

Fort Brooke Park, Florida

The Trust for Public Land purchased this park land for downtown Tampa in 1999, the first site acquired as part of the city's plan to integrate its waterfront parks into a connected system.

Weaver Park, Florida

Owned and managed by the City of Dunedin, Weaver Park opened to the public in 2011. TPL helped save this property, which features more than 12 acres of undeveloped coastal vista—some of the last in Dunedin—and serves one of the country's most densely populated counties.