Virginia Beach, VA

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How we calculate the Virginia Beach ParkScore® Ranking

The ranking for Virginia Beach is based on how it compares nationally on five characteristics of an excellent park system: access, investment, acreage, amenities, and equity.

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Access
51 pts
Acreage
64 pts
Investment
59 pts
Amenities
45 pts
Equity
43 pts
68% of Virginia Beach residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Median City, 100 most populous U.S. cities: 74%
Median City, all urban cities and towns in U.S.: 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.

Virginia Beach residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
68
Adults (20 - 64)
68
Seniors (65+)
68
By Income (%)
High Income
69
Middle Income
69
Low Income
70
By Race/Ethnicity (%)
Native American*
69
Asian*
70
Black*
71
Hispanic
67
Pacific Islander*
66
White*
67
2 or More Races*
69
Other*
68
*Excludes those that report Hispanic origin (which is captured separately from race by the U.S. Census).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by race/ethnicity
Residents in neighborhoods of color* have access to 29% less park space per person than the city’s average neighborhood and 36% less than those in white neighborhoods. Additionally, we compared park space in the city’s average neighborhood with others by specific race and ethnicity:
*Neighborhoods of color are defined as those in Virginia Beach with the highest concentrations of people who identify as Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, multiple races, or other communities of color (more information).
Comparing amount of park space between neighborhoods by income
Residents in low-income neighborhoods have access to 39% less park space per person than those in the average Virginia Beach neighborhood and 47% less than those in high-income neighborhoods.
How do park amenities measure up?
These six amenities reflect activities popular among a diverse selection of user groups (kids, teenagers, adults, seniors). For each amenity, Virginia Beach is awarded points based on their abundance relative to the other 99 cities.
Basketball Hoops
90/100pts
7.1 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
93/100pts
5.3 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
8/100pts
0.3 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
36/100pts
1.1 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
36/100pts
1.1 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
5/100pts
0.2 per 100,000 people
How much is Virginia Beach investing in parks?
We compared Virginia Beach with the other 100 most populous cities in the nation on total park investment per person, aggregating all public and private spending for any publicly accessible park in the city.
Park Investment (Three-Year Average)
  • City agency
    $128 (92%)
  • Other public agencies
    $6.12 (4%)
  • Private organizations
    $0.02 (0%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $4.45 (3%)
$139
Total Spending Per Capita
  • National benchmark: Relative park spending by organization type
  • Average among 100 most populous cities
  • City agency: 85.5%
  • Other public agencies: 7%
  • Private organizations: 5.5%
  • Monetized volunteer hours: 2%
  • Total per capita spending: $108 per person