The typical park and recreation agency offers one park for every 2,287 residents served, with 10.8 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents. But park and recreation agencies are as diverse as the communities they serve, and what works well for one agency may not be best for your agency. Therefore, you need benchmark data to identify the best practices to serve your community optimally.

NRPA Park Metrics is 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 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

The 2023 NRPA Agency Performance Review presents the data and key insights from 1,000 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

Dig deeper into the agency performance data with interactive figures presenting detailed crosstabs of the data for every table and chart presented in the 2023 NRPA Agency Performance Review.




Explore The Data


Agency Performance Report

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


Custom Agency Performance Report


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