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Madison’s parks score with ParkScore

The Trust for Public Land has given high marks to the 608 for its parks.

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Glacier Hill Park is but one of hundreds of parks in Madison. | Photo by 608today

We have over 270 parks to enjoy in Madison. Whether we’re playing pickleball, kayaking, or walking the dog, Madisonians love spending time outdoors.

In a recent survey, the Trust for Public Land ranked the 100 most populous cities in America on its parks, and Madison landed the No. 18 spot.

The key metrics used to score each city were access, acreage, amenities, equity, and investment.

How Madison fared

Access: 93 points
About 95% of Madisonians live within a 10-minute walk to a park.

Acreage: 53 points
Over 13% of the city’s area is made up of parkland.

Amenities: 71 points
We have 191 playgrounds and 11 dog parks.

Equity: 68 points
Low-income neighborhoods have 69% less park space than high-income neighborhoods.

Investment: 36 points
The annual park investment is $112 per resident.

Read the full report to learn more.