The typical park and recreation agency offers one park for every 2,114 residents served, with 10.1 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, you need benchmark data to best identify the best practices to optimally serve your community.

NRPA Park Metrics are the most comprehensive source of data standards 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.



Agency Performance Survey

NRPA Park Metrics enter dataEnter your agency’s data into NRPA’s newly streamlined Agency Performance Survey to gain access to dashboards and 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.


Enter Your Agency’s Data


NRPA Agency Performance Review

NRPA Agency Performance ReviewThe 2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review presents the data and key insights from 1,069 park and recreation agencies collected by the Agency Performance Survey. This annual report provides critical park and recreation metrics on budgets, staffing, facilities and more.


NRPA Agency Performance Review


Interactive Tools

Interactive ToolsDig deeper into the agency performance data with interactive figures presenting detailed crosstabs of the data for every table and chart presented in the 2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review.


Explore The Data


Agency Performance Report

Custom Agency Performance ReportCreate a custom report that will feature median values on budgets, staffing and facilities and highlight the responsibilities and activities of agencies that you identify as your peers.


Custom Agency Performance Report


Contact Us

Send your general NRPA Park Metrics inquiries to:

Send your GIS inquiries to:


News Stories

12.13.18Top Story

Social equity grows more important to successful urban-park projects

12.13.18Around the Country

Field guide looks at public-space inclusivity in St. Paul, Minn.

12.13.18Around the Country

Bridge offers wildlife safer passage across busy Wash. highway