City of Irvine Ranked No. 1 in California, Top 10 in Nation for Public Park Access

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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The City of Irvine has been ranked No. 1 in California and No. 7 in the nation for public park access by the Trust for Public Land annual ParkScore Index.

The index ranks the nation’s 100 largest cities based on factors including park access, acreage, investment, and amenities. This is the third consecutive year the city’s parks have ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Irvine earned perfect scores in park spending per resident and basketball hoops per 10,000 residents; the city also earned high marks in community centers and playgrounds. The ParkScore Index noted that 82% of Irvine parks are within a 10-minute walk of each residence, well above the national median of 72%. The ParkScore ranking includes parks, facilities, and amenities managed by the city, either through ownership or joint-use agreements.

“We are pleased to have one of the top 10 park systems in America for the third consecutive year,” stated Mayor Christina Shea. “Our parks are essential to our mental and physical health – that has never been more evident than during the Coronavirus pandemic. Not only do we have thousands of acres of parkland and open space available in Irvine, they are maintained using an organics first approach to land management. So whether our residents are kicking a soccer ball on a field or walking a dog, they can be assured of a safe environment.”

The full ParkScore Index is available at, including score details and demographic information for each city. Learn more about Irvine parks at

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