For planners and professionals

  • Locate neighborhoods underserved by parks and identify the best locations to invest in new facilities
  • Assess your park system’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Compare your city with others around the country
  • Contact us about your city's ParkScore® rating system
  • See how The Trust for Public Land can help improve your ParkScore® rating
  • Site the best location for new parks using the ParkEvaluator™ tool

The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore® index is the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 100 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks.

Using an advanced GIS (Geographic Information System), ParkScore® provides in-depth data to guide local park improvement efforts. Our mapping technology identifies which neighborhoods and demographics are underserved by parks and how many people are able to reach a park within a ten-minute walk.

Cities can earn a maximum ParkScore® of 100. For easy comparison and at-a-glance assessment, each city is also given a rating of zero to five park benches.

Why parks

Parks are important to communities. Close-to-home opportunities to exercise and experience nature are essential for our physical and mental well-being. Studies show that parks can encourage physical activity, reduce crime, revitalize local economies, and help bring neighborhoods together.

About The Trust for Public Land

ParkScore® is a project of The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s largest national nonprofit organization working to create and improve neighborhood parks.

The Trust for Public Land believes that everyone should live within easy walking distance of a well-maintained park. Across the country, we’re working with communities to achieve that goal. Learn more about our work at tpl.org.