Virginia Beach, VA
41
How we calculate the Virginia Beach ParkScore® Rating

The ranking for Virginia Beach is based on five characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
51
Acreage
64
Investment
74
Amenities
46
Equity
44
68% of Virginia Beach residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. National Average 55%

We’re working to ensure that every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America has a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

How are the parks distributed?
Virginia Beach residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
67
Adults (20 - 64)
68
Seniors (65+)
68
By Income (%)
High Income
68
Middle Income
69
Low Income
70
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
67
Asian*
71
Black*
70
Hispanic
68
Pacific Islander*
62
White*
66
2 or More Races*
68
Other*
69
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Park Space per Person by Race/Ethnicity Reactive to City Median
Residents in neighborhoods where most people identify as a person of color have access to 34% less park space per person than those in predominantly white neighborhoods. Any Census-designated race/ethnicity not shown above does not meet the minimum threshold to be displayed.
How do park amenities measure up?
We compared Virginia Beach against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
85
6 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
93
5.4 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
17
0.3 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
38
1.1 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
35
1.2 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
5
0.2 per 100,000 people
How much is Virginia Beach investing in parks?
We compared Virginia Beach against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $141 (94%)
  • Other public agencies
    $4 (3%)
  • Private organizations
    $0 (%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $5 (3%)
$150
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National Averages, Spending Per Capita:
  • City agency: $83 (85%)
  • Other public agencies: $7 (7%)
  • Private organizations: $5 (5%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours: $3 (3%)
  • TOTAL: $98