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28.1 Parks and Recreation Facilities

This indicator measures the number and acreage of city parks in Albuquerque and how many park acres exist per 1000 residents from fiscal years 2009 to 2012.

This indicator is part of Accessible parks.

Indicator description:

This indicator measures the number and acreage of city parks in Albuquerque and how many park acres exist per 1000 residents from fiscal years 2009 to 2012. It also measures the approximate distance residents have to travel in order to access a City park. Recreation facilities of various types are shown for Albuquerque and five other benchmark Southwest cities for fiscal year 2011.

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Why is this indicator relevant?

Parks and recreation facilities are an important factor in the quality of life of a community, providing space for recreation and relaxation for individuals, families, and organized events. Parks should grow in number and location as the city grows and be conveniently sited with sufficient area and accessibility to meet the needs of nearby neighborhoods and communities.

Albuquerque Parks
2009201020112012
# Neighborhood, Community, and Regional Parks 285 290 294 295
# Park Acres 2,856 2,921 3,088 3,151
Park Acres per 1000 Residents 5.40 5.35 5.59 5.70

 

FY 2013Percentage of Residential Lots Near a City Park
1/4 Mile or Less 63%
1/2 Mile or Less 94%
1 Mile or Less 99%
More Than 1 Mile 1%

 

Municipal Recreation Facilities, Fiscal Year 2011
City Ball Diamonds Dog Parks Playgrounds Golf Courses Skateboard Parks Basketball Hoops Swimming Pools Tennis Courts Total Recreation Facilities
Albuquerque 62 12 147 4 6 122 12 139 504
Austini 71 11 108 5 3 185 35 110 528
Colorado Springs 121 7 145 2 8 103 1 66 453
El Paso 62 3 152 0 11 150 15 46 439
Oklahoma City 32 2 113 8 3 87 11 75 331
Tucson 110 5 118 5 3 45 25 62 373
U.S. (Nation) 9,785 579 12,566 418 277 14,661 1,308 10,227 49,821

Data Sources:
City of Albuquerque, Parks and Recreation and Planning Departments; The Trust for Public Lands, Center for Park Excellence; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

What can we tell from the data?

  • City park sites, acres, and acres per 1000 residents are increasing and keeping pace with the growth of Albuquerque’s population.
  • City parks are conveniently located to residential areas. Over half of the residential lots in Albuquerque are within a quarter mile of a City park; 94% are within one mile. Only 1% of residential lots are more than a mile from a City park.
  • The number of recreation facilities in Albuquerque is consistent with five other Southwest benchmark cities. Albuquerque ranks first in the number of tennis courts per capita, as well as number of dog parks per capita.

 

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