The City of Irvine park system has been ranked 6th in the nation by the Trust for Public Land annual ParkScore Index, effectively making Irvine the top-ranked city in California. With new parks, open space, and amenities added over the past year, the City rose from last year’s ranking of 10th in the nation.
The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore rankings assess the nation’s 100 largest cities on factors such as park access, acreage, investment, and amenities. Irvine earned a perfect score in park spending per resident, and is second in the nation for basketball hoops per 10,000 residents. The index also notes that 80 percent of Irvine parks are within a 10-minute walk of each residence. The ParkScore includes parks, facilities, and amenities managed by the City, either through ownership or joint-use agreements.