Historic disinvestment has left many low-income communities and communities of color without access to quality parks and recreation opportunities. To ensure more equitable funding approaches and to address the backlog created by historic disinvestment, a number of cities are beginning to establish data-driven equity criteria to guide park investment. City Parks Alliance surveyed six cities and one urban county — Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Los Angeles County — that have established equity criteria and are now using that criteria to prioritize their capital, operating and programming investments. Through thoughtful data analysis and proactive community engagement, these municipalities are assessing community needs, and using that assessment to design new parks and improve existing ones. City Parks Alliance and its city representatives will present their research findings, including data-sets used, policies enacted and best practices for replication.