Welcome to the Harris County 2015 ParkServe™ analysis portal

The Trust for Public Land ParkServe™ analysis looks at public access to existing parks and open space within Harris County. The analysis incorporates a two-step approach:

  1. Determines where there are gaps in park availability, and
  2. Constructs a demographic profile to identify gaps with the most urgent need for parkland.

Park gaps are based on a dynamic 1/2 mile service area (10 minute walking distance) for all parks. Service areas use the street network to determine walkable distance - streets such as highways, freeways, and interstates are considered barriers.

Demographic profiles are based on 2014 Forecast block groups provided by Esri to determine park need for percentage of population age 19 and younger, percentage of households with income less than 75% of county median income (Harris County less than $35,000), and population density (people per acre).

The combined Park Equity result shown on the analysis maps combines the three demographic profile results and assigns the following weights:

  • 50% = population density (people per acre)
  • 25% = density Children age 19 and younger
  • 25% = density of individuals with income less than $35,000

Areas in dark red show a very high need for parks. This analysis incorporates the result from the Houston 2015 ParkScore® index for the City of Houston.


Harris County ParkServe™ analysis - Interactive Map Viewer:

An interactive map viewer that allows you to view and / or investigate the results and additional data from the Harris County ParkServe™ analysis.


Analysis Results and Maps

Harris County:

Harris County ParkServe™ analysis and impact:

This contains the draft results from the Harris County ParkServe™ analysis. It includes the three demographic variables and the combined Park Equity result. In addition, there is a table of the park impact analysis statistics that includes median park size, park acres as a percent of the city area, percent residents within a half mile of a park, and total population within a half mile of a park for each municipality and the unincorporated area of Harris County.

Harris County Park Equity Analysis:

This is the Park Equity result from the Harris County ParkServe Analysis.

Harris County Park Equity Analysis and Impact by Commissioner Precinct:

This includes a map of the Park Equity result from the Harris County ParkServe Analysis with the Commissioner Precinct boundaries. In addition, there is a table of the park impact analysis statistics that includes median park size, park acres as a percent of the Commissioner Precinct area, percent residents within a half mile of a park, and total population within a half mile of a park for each Harris County Commissioner Precinct.

Approximate Optimum New Park Locations:

Approximate optimum new park locations ranked from 1-20. Number 1 optimum location will serve the most additional people.


City of Houston:

City of Houston 2015 ParkScore® Index Report:

This includes the results from The Trust for Public Land's 2015 ParkScore index for the City of Houston along with a table showing the ParkScore factors that make up a cities ParkScore and demographic statistics on number and percentage of people served by the City of Houston parks system.

City of Houston 2015 ParkScore® Index and Impact by Council District:

This contains the Park Equity map from the results of The Trust for Public Land's 2015 ParkScore index for the City of Houston along with the Council District boundaries. In addition, there is a table of the park impact analysis statistics that includes median park size, park acres as a percent of the Council District area, percent residents within a half mile of a park, and total population within a half mile of a park for each City of Houston Council District.

City of Houston 2015 ParkScore® Index and Impact by Park Sector:

This contains the Park Equity map from the results of The Trust for Public Land's 2015 ParkScore index for the City of Houston along with the park sector boundaries. In addition, there is a table of the park impact analysis statistics that includes median park size, park acres as a percent of the council district area, percent residents within a half mile of a park, and total population within a half mile of a park for each City of Houston Park Sector.