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How Austin’s park system compares nationwide

The Capital City’s park system ranked No. 3 in Texas and No. 44 in the US in ParkScore’s annual report.

bull creek on a sunny day with blue skies and hills in the background

Bull Creek District Park offers a treasure trove for lovers of hiking, swimming, and fishing.

Photo by ATXtoday

It’s no secret that Austinites love spending time outdoors — but how does our park system compare to others across the US?

The 2024 ParkScore Index by nonprofit Trust for Public Land gives us some insight, ranking Austin at No. 3 in Texas (behind No. 1 Plano and No. 2 Dallas) and No. 44 nationwide.

The scores are based on five traits: acreage, access, investment, amenities, and equity. Take a look at a few local statistics:

  • Austin is home to 512 parks, making up 11% of the city’s land.
  • 69% of Austin residents live within a half-mile or 10-minute walk to a park.
  • Austin’s median park size is 6.7 acres, landing above the ParkScore average of 5.4 acres.
  • Austin also sits above average on park investments, spending a total of $198 per resident each year on improving its parks system.

Want more information? View the full report.