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the trust for public land 2014 parkscore index
Dallas, Texas
The Trust for Public Land ParkScore

index analyzes public access to existing


parks and open space. The analysis incorporates a two-step approach: 1)
determines where there are gaps in park availability, and 2) constructs a
demographic profile to identify gaps with the most urgent need for parkland.
Park gaps are based on a dynamic 1/2 mile service area (10 minute walking
distance) for all parks. In this analysis, service areas use the street network to
determine walkable distance - streets such as highways, freeways, and
interstates are considered barriers.
Demographic profiles are based on 2013 Forecast block groups provided by
Esri to determine park need for percentage of population age 19 and younger,
percentage of households with income less than 75% of city median income
(Dallas less than $25,000), and population density (people per acre).
The combined level of park need result shown on the large map combines the
three demographic profile results and assigns the following weights:
50% = population density (people per acre)
25% = percentage of population age 19 and younger
25% = percentage of households with income less than $25,000
Areas in dark red show a very high need for parks.
Percentage of Households with Income Less Than $25,000
Percentage of Population Age 19 and Younger
Population Density - People per Acre
Special thanks to the following data providers: Dallas, Esri.
Information on this map is provided for purposes of discussion and visualization only. Map created by The Trust for Public Land on March 21, 2014.
TPL, The Trust for Public Land, and The Trust for Public Land logo are trademarks of The Trust for Public Land. Copyright 2014 The Trust for Public Land. www.tpl.org
0 3 6 9
Miles
Level of Park Need
Very High
High
Moderate
Parks with Public Access
Other Parks and Open Space
Half Mile Park Service Areas
Cemetery
University
Industrial
Waterbodies
County Boundary

Level of Park
Need
Very High
High
Moderate
Level of Park
Need
Very High
High
Moderate
Level of Park
Need
Very High
High
Moderate

2014
Rank
36 ParkScore

46.0*
Access
18
out of 40 points
Median Park Size
Park Land
Percentage
Spending Per
Capita
Playgrounds Per 10,000
People
Percent of Residents within
1/2 Mile of a Park
13 10 9 5
out of 20 points out of 20 points out of 20 points out of 20 points
7.1 Acres 10.8% $80.58 1.7 Playgrounds 54% Served
Total Population
Population
Served**
Percent
Served**
Population
Not Served
Percent
Not Served
Total Population 1,256,935 681,278 54% 575,657 46%
Age 19 and Younger 361,523 192,449 53% 169,074 47%
20-64 Years Old 775,525 423,268 55% 352,257 45%
Over 64 Years Old 119,887 65,561 55% 54,326 45%
Total Households
Households
Served**
Percent
Served**
Households
Not Served
Percent
Not Served
Under 75% Median City Income 143,381 79,620 56% 63,761 44%
75%-125% Median City Income 135,437 71,549 53% 63,888 47%
Over 125% Median City Income 199,903 108,526 54% 91,377 46%
The Trust for Public Land works with communities to ensure that everyone has parks, gardens, playgrounds, trails,
and other natural places within a ten-minute walk from home. Learn more at www.tpl.org
the trust for public land 2014 parkscore index
Demographic Category
Demographic Category
** Inside 1/2 mile dynamic park buffer
2013 Forecast Census Block Groups
Provided by Esri
Acreage Service and Investment
23 14
out of 40 points out of 40 points
* Each city can earn a maximum of 120 points. Points are awarded for five statistical measures in three
categories: acreage, service and investment, and access. The total is then normalized to a scale out of 100.
This final value is the city's ParkScore.
Dallas, Texas

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