How much parkland is available in urban Arizona?

Posted on December 15, 2017 • Category: Environment


A new study from The Trust for Public Land provides valuable information about urban parks in the 100 most populous cities in America. Seven are Arizona communities.

The study organizes cities into four groups by population density: High Density, Medium High Density, Medium Low Density* and Low Density**. All Arizona cities fall into the two lower density categories.

Parkland as Percentage of Adjusted City Area


Percentage of City Population with Walkable Park Access


Total Spending per Resident on Parks and Recreation by City


The Nation’s Largest Urban Parks



Arizona citizens described the future they want in the Gallup Arizona Poll, which identified eight citizen goals. Managing its open spaces and protecting the state’s water supplies are high priorities.



City of Phoenix acreage dedicated to parks and recreation. One of seven Arizona communities among the 100 most populous in the U.S., Phoenix ranks well above the median for cities with a similar population density.
2017 City Park Facts  

The Trust for Public Land, April 2017

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When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

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