Washington, DC
2019 ParkScore® ranking: #1
Our analysis is based on four characteristics of an effective park system:
access, investment, acreage, and amenities.
How we calculated Washington, DC’s ParkScore rating:
Access
97.5 out of 100
Acreage
55 out of 100
Investment
100 out of 100
Amenities
82.5 out of 100
How does it work?
Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore rating of 100.
In evaluating park systems, we include land owned by all public agencies within the 100 most populous U.S. cities that functions as a park. ParkScore index methodology
Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk of home.
Is Washington, DC meeting that goal?
98%
of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park.
National average 54%
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
21%
of Washington, DC's city land is used for parks and recreation.
National median 15%
Where in Washington, DC are parks needed most?
Washington, DC has 629 parks
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Washington, DC Park Amenities Compared to the 100 Largest U.S. Cities
Basketball Hoops
86 th percentile
5.9 per 10,000 people
Dog Parks
78 th percentile
1.9 per 100,000 people
Playgrounds
21 st percentile
1.7 per 10,000 people
Bathrooms
81 st percentile
2.9 per 10,000 people
Recreation and Senior Centers
98 th percentile
2.3 per 20,000 people
Splashpads
86 th percentile
3.9 per 100,000 people
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Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to adopt long-term, system-wide strategies to make sure every Washington, DC resident has access to all the benefits parks provide.
"I have endorsed the vision that everyone deserves a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of home." — Mayor Bowser
Learn about the 10-Minute Walk campaign
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Fitness Zone in use at park

In Southeast Washington, D.C., the CDC estimates obesity rates to be higher than in the district as a whole. In these neighborhoods, safe and healthy places to exercise are scarce-and many residents cannot afford private gym fees. To address this shortage, as part of our National Fitness Zone®...Read more