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How Nashville’s park system compares nationwide

Music City’s park system ranked No. 78 in the US in ParkScore’s annual report and stands eight spots behind Memphis, TN.

A navy and light blue playground set on an astroturf, fenced in area.

Nashville earned 29 out of 100 points for its playgrounds, which is factored into the amenities category score. | Photo by NASHtoday

It’s no secret that Nashvillians 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 Nashville No. 78 nationwide, eight spots behind Memphis. This is a 15-spot improvement from last year, though Metro Parks doesn’t agree that the score is reflective of the park system’s overall impact.

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

  • Nashville is home to 248 parks, making up 8% of the city’s land.
  • 46% of Nashville residents live within a half-mile or 10-minute walk to a park.
  • Nashville’s median park size is 16.7 acres, landing it “among the highest” of the cities ranked.

Want more information? View the full report.

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