Recreational access rates


Updated 3/29/18

Access to local recreation facilities and playgrounds seems to be keeping pace with population growth in the region. Whether these facilities are in close proximity to residential areas is another question. Travel distance and time impact access to recreational opportunities.

The 2011 County Health Rankings began tracking a new recreation facilities access rate, which was continued in the 2012 and 2013 release. Ranking data are lagged 3-years. Measures changed starting with the 2014 rankings.

For more information that parks can increase exercise, while providing economic benefits to communities, visit the Active Living infographic.

Notes:

  • City of Sparks rate not calculated due to population below 100,000
  • Washoe County facilities include baseball & soccer fields; tennis courts & volleyball courts; special use, regional shooting & specialized childrens’ facilities; horse arenas; skateboard parks

  • City of Sparks includes athletic fields, tennis courts, community centers, rodeo arenas & sand volleyball courts
  • City of Reno includes parks facilities

Notes:

  • Individuals reside in a census block within a half mile of a park, or in urban census tracts within one mile of a recreational facility, or in rural census tracts within three miles

  • Data measures are lagged (2014 rankings use 2010 census & 2012 data; 2015 rankings 2013 data; 2016 rankings use 2014 data; 2017 data used 2015 data; 2018 used 2016 data)

  • 2017 rankings changed to the percentage of population with adequate access to locations for physical activity
  • 2018 rankings changed the measure to the percentage of individuals in a county who live reasonably close to a location for physical activity (Individuals who reside in a census block within a half mile of a park, or in urban census blocks reside within one mile of a recreational facility, or in rural census block reside within three miles of a recreational facility are considered to have adequate access for opportunities for physical activity)

Source:

Local government Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, Statistics Section;

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, County Health Rankings

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