City Park Facts


Some cities have plenty of parkland that is well distributed around town; others have enough land but an inequitable distribution; others are short of even a basic amount of park space for their citizens. The Trust for Public Land works to make sure that reliable park data is available to mayors, park directors, and civic leaders who want to make their park systems the foundation of livable – and lovable – cities.

For more than a decade, the Center for City Park Excellence has been methodically searching out and sharing information on urban park systems: acreage, facilities, staffing, budgets, usership, and more. Through an annual survey, the Center for City Park Excellence maintains the nation's most complete database of park facts for the 100 most populous U.S. cities.

The 2012 City Park Facts report is a shared resource to help residents compare their cities with others. The Trust for Public Land uses this information to help shape our own programs, research, and advocacy. We hope that you, too, will use this interactive website to further your own work, more effectively plan and communicate your needs, and increase your overall understanding of city parks.

Download a PDF of the 2012 City Park Facts report here.

Individual tables – including some not in the printed report – are available in the navigation bar on the right. Please refer to the Population Density Report for explanations of certain reports that categorize cities based on their average population density (population divided by municipal land area). The density categories are based on standard deviations from the mean.

If you have any questions or comments about City Park Facts or need any of the above data tables in another format, please contact Peter Harnik.

Peter Harnik
Director, Center for City Park Excellence
The Trust for Public Land
660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-7552 (general number)
(202) 330-4725 (direct number)