Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Honolulu Ranked No. 57 For Public Parks

ala_moana_beach_park_kakaako_oahu_honolulu.jpg
Casey Harlow / HPR
/

Honolulu’s park system was ranked 57th out of 100 U.S. cities, according to the Trust For Public Land’s ParkScore index.

The city’s average park size is 6.1 acres, 70% of residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park - numbers close to the national average.

Honolulu also scored well in park equity, and the number of recreation and senior centers.

But there is room for improvement. Honolulu spent $83 per capita on parks - below the national average of $96 per capita.

During this pandemic, parks served as testing sites for COVID, and also for food distribution.

"I know for myself, my local park was really a great safe haven for me and my dogs and allowing me to exercise safely in the outdoors and mental health breaks," said Lea Hong, the Hawaiian Islands state director for the Trust for Public Lands. "And so we know parks that are important and even in these difficult times I think it's important to realize that we still need to invest in our parks, both capital and operations.”

More details on Honolulu's ParkScore ranking can be found at TPL.org.

More from Hawai‘i Public Radio