The typical park and recreation agency offers one park for every 2,386 residents served, with 10.6 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents. But park and recreation agencies are as diverse as the communities that they serve, and what works well for one agency may not be best for your agency. Therefore, park and recreation professionals need data to identify the best practices to optimally serve their communities.

NRPA Park Metrics is the most comprehensive source of benchmarks and insights for park and recreation agencies. Launched in 2009, these agency performance resources assist park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their operating resources and capital facilities. This suite of tools allows park and recreation agencies to build customized reports that allow for comparisons with peer agencies. Park and recreation professionals can use this benchmark data to gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve their communities.


Park Metrics Survey and Custom Reports

NRPA Park Metrics enter dataComplete the Agency Performance Survey in NRPA Park Metrics and create custom reports that compare your agency to that of its peers. By entering your data, you ensure that your agency will be a part of the annual NRPA Agency Performance Review.


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NRPA Agency Performance Review

2024 NRPA Agency Perfomance Review Infographic

The 2024 NRPA Agency Performance Review presents the data and key insights from 1,000 park and recreation agencies collected by the Agency Performance Survey within Park Metrics. This annual report provides critical park and recreation metrics on budgets, staffing, facilities and more.


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Interactive Tools

2024 APR Interactive

Dig deeper into the 2024 NRPA Agency Performance Review with interactive figures presenting detailed crosstabs for every table and chart presented.




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Greg Manns, Industry Insights

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