Parks for All Californians

Park Access Tool

California is proud to introduce the nation’s first statewide use of GIS technology showing neighborhood-level park access and demographic information.
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Identifying areas in need of additional parks are an action item of the SCORP report. The report uses two standard methods for assessing park access.

  1. Living within a half mile of a park
  2. Park acres per one thousand residents
Both measures provide guidance on where to focus resources. The results of these two measures are best reviewed at a state and county level to scan for general areas of need.

For a more specific analysis of a potential project site, use the Community FactFinder also available on this website.

These tools use data from the Census American Community Survey (2008-12 block group estimates) and a modified version of CPAD park locations.

  • Left map: Identifies neighborhood areas that do not have a park within a half mile. Areas may be further detailed with population density and household income data.
  • Right map: Displays the ratio of park acres per thousand residents.

24% of residents of California live further than a half mile from a park
Street View


 Park or Preserved Area

 < 200 people per sq mi

 200 - 1,000 ppl per sq mi

 > 1,000 ppl per sq mi


 Area within 1/2 mile of a park


 Block groups with no population


 Disadvantaged Community

62% of residents of California live in areas with less than 3 acres of parks or open space per 1000 residents
Street View


 Park or Preserved Area

 <1

 1 to 3

 >3


 Disadvantaged Community

Disclaimer and methods

Median Household Income is less than $49,119
Median Household Income is less than $49,119
Over 1/2 mile from a park or open space area
Park/open space acres per 1,000 residents calculated by census tract
Parks/public open space with open public access. Based on CPAD2014a.
Parks/public open space with open public access. Based on CPAD2014a.