Washington, DC
1
How we calculate the Washington ParkScore® Rating

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

Download the Full Park Summary

Explore the Custom Rank Application

Access
99
Acreage
55
Investment
100
Amenities
84
Equity
87
98% of Washington 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?
Washington residents who live within a 10-minute walk of a park
By Age (%)
Children (0 - 19)
98
Adults (20 - 64)
99
Seniors (65+)
98
By Income (%)
High Income
99
Middle Income
99
Low Income
98
Race/Ethnicity (%)
American Indian*
98
Asian*
99
Black*
98
Hispanic
99
Pacific Islander*
95
White*
99
2 or More Races*
98
Other*
99
*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 17% more 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 Washington against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita.
Basketball Hoops
99
6.9 per 10,000 people
Playgrounds
22
2 per 10,000 people
Rec & Senior Centers
100
2 per 20,000 people
Dog Parks
100
2.7 per 100,000 people
Bathrooms
83
2.6 per 10,000 people
Splashpads
100
5.2 per 100,000 people
How much is Washington investing in parks?
We compared Washington against the others to determine where it falls for spending per capita
Park Spending per Capita
  • City agency
    $161 (57%)
  • Other public agencies
    $73 (26%)
  • Private organizations
    $15 (5%)
  • Monetized volunteer hours
    $34 (12%)
$284
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