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Boston and New York City are tied to share the tenth position in the 2023 ParkScore list, compiled by The Trust for Public Land, ranking public access to parks and park amenities.

The annual report uses mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well the largest cities in the United States are meeting the need for parks.

Boston climbed two spots from its 2022 finish and rejoined the ParkScore top ten for the first time since 2020.



"We're thrilled that Boston has moved up from twelfth place in 2022 to tenth place in this year's ParkScore list,” said Ryan Woods, Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

“This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to providing our residents with accessible, high-quality parks and park amenities. We will continue prioritizing services and investment in our parks, ensuring that Boston remains a vibrant, family-friendly, and green city for all residents and visitors."



Boston and San Francisco are the only ParkScore cities to provide 100 percent of residents with access to a local park within a 10-minute walk of their homes. Boston repeated its perfect park access rating this year despite strong population growth—an impressive accomplishment.

Are you planning a trip to Boston soon and looking for some exciting accommodation options? Look no further as the city has recently added some new hotels to its impressive collection of lodging choices.

But it’s not just the new hotels that make Boston an exciting destination. With easy access to beautiful local parks within a 10-minute walk, you’ll be able to experience Boston’s vibrant city life and nature’s bounty on your doorstep.

Boston also lifted its ParkScore with solid access for park acreage. Boston reserves 17.7 percent of the city’s area for parks, among the nation’s best and far above the national ParkScore average of 9.8 percent. St. Paul received top marks for basketball hoops, Las Vegas scored best for playgrounds, and Boston earned top marks for splash pads and other water features.

ParkScore ratings are based equally on three factors: park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); park size, based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and services and investment, which combines the number of playgrounds per 10,000 city residents and per capita park spending.

Boston is among the national leaders working with community-based organizations to promote health and wellness at local parks. For example, the West of Washington Coalition, a neighborhood group in Dorchester, seeks to provide access to parks by sponsoring community events that welcome neighbors to its newly established WOW Family Park. The park offers access to the outdoors by providing free, non-competitive programming for adults, children, and families to play, exercise, and socialize.

It will soon be part of the planned Fairmount Greenway, a 9-mile urban trail through Boston’s Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Readville neighborhoods connecting to multiple park options. Trust for Public Land is a partner in this effort and assists with various facets of the project by providing funding opportunities and planning expertise.

USA's Top 15 Cities for Parks

1. Washington, D.C.

2. St. Paul, MN

3. Minneapolis, MN

4. Irvine, CA

5. Arlington, VA

6. Cincinnati, OH

7. San Francisco, CA

8. Seattle, WA

9. Portland, OR

10. New York, NY 

10. Boston, MA

12. Chicago, IL

13. Denver, CO

13. Madison, WI

15. St. Petersburg, FL



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