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The Trust for Public Land has developed a web application to help park advocates and city planners locate neighborhoods underserved by parks and analyze the best potential locations to invest in new facilities.

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The Trust for Public Land has developed a web application called ParkEvaluator to help park advocates and city planners explore potential park locations and evaluate the number of people that could reach them within a 10-minute walk from their residence. ParkEvaluator is available for 100 of the largest US cities on the ParkScore® website with plans to cover nearly all urban areas later this year. The goal is to serve the maximum number of people that aren’t already served within a 10-minute walk of an existing park.

City planners and park advocates can explore an area of interest to examine the impact of building a new park or use the ranked park optimized points to determine the best approximate location. Using the application, they create a polygon “project” representing the area of interest, place access points on a road network using the ArcGIS Online World Imagery Basemap, generate a 10-minute walkable polygon service area around the location, and then produce a statistical report. The report includes demographic data (i.e. population, age, race, income, etc.), providing additional insight about the project surroundings. It is also used by public land managers to help justify proposed park locations for grant funding.

Sketch a proposed park location

ParkEvaluator uses routing services to generate a 10-minute walkable service area around a potential park, and analyzes the population that would benefit from the new park.

Walk-time service areas

Demographic data provides insight into the characteristics of the people that live nearby proposed park locations.

Reports

PDF reports are generated containing the map and other pertinent information.