As part of its goal to put a park within a 10-minute walk of every American household, the Trust for Public Land recently unveiled a new interactive database called ParkServe. The database includes information for 14,000 cities and has been endorsed by more than 200 U.S. mayors, including Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards.
“The City of Tacoma and its independent parks agency, Metro Parks Tacoma, share the goal of ensuring that our residents have a park or natural area within a 10-minute walk of their homes,” Woodards said in a statement. “The Trust for Public Land has provided a remarkable resource with the ParkServe platform that will be a valuable tool for cities across the country. ParkServe will provide valuable data to ensure that community leaders prioritize investments in quality parks and open spaces where they are needed most.”
Users of ParkServe can measure the distance between their homes and nearby green spaces and see what percentage of residents are living within a 10-minute walk of a park. ParkServe also sorts data based on age, race, and income, and highlights specific areas of cities where parks are needed most. City planners can use the data as a guide for implementing new parks and improving existing ones.
“The ParkServe data platform takes the guesswork out of planning where to put a park,” said Breece Robertson, the Geographic Information System director for The Trust for Public Land. “It tells mayors and recreation departments, ‘To serve the most people in need, build a park right here.'”
The ParkServe site shows that 70 percent of Tacoma residents, or 147,071 people, live within a 10-minute walk of a park, compared to the national average of approximately 55 percent.