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LOVE Park Redesign Project Update
Jul 12, 2016
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) is pleased to announce that the exploratory phase of the LOVE Park redesign project is drawing to a close, and the demolition & construction phase began today (July 12, 2016). During the exploratory phase, project designers discovered a large water main which was previously unknown and are now working with the Philadelphia Water Department to assess its condition. Philadelphians who work and live in Center City will notice new enclosures and barriers around the perimeter of LOVE Park next week, followed by heavy equipment and work crews for demolition. PPR is excited that the redesign of LOVE Park is continuing to move forward as scheduled and on budget.
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2016 Pool Opening Schedule
Jun 09, 2016
All PPR pools will open between Wednesday, June 22 and Friday, July 1, 2016. Download the schedule to see when your local pool opens (PDF).
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Parks on Tap, a Traveling Beer Garden, Will Pop Up at 14 Philly Parks This Summer
May 24, 2016
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality, will launch “Parks on Tap,” a program that will bring a mobile beer garden from park to park for 14 weeks, starting June 29.

The beer garden will spend several days in one park location, highlighting and enhancing the offerings that Philadelphia city parks provide, before moving to the next location. It aims for a simple aesthetic: well-kept outdoor spaces where friends and families can meet up to enjoy food, drinks and fun surrounded by nature.

Read the full press release for Parks on Tap
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Spring Events You Won't Want to Miss
Apr 12, 2016
If you’re looking for something to do now that winter has come to an end, we’ve rounded up a list of fun outdoor events for the whole family. From educational programming to competitive sports events, with a few spring celebrations sprinkled in between, there are plenty of ways to embrace the warm weather all around the city.

View our list of featured spring events
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Free Trees for Philly Yards
Mar 17, 2016
Philadelphia is transforming into the City of Arborly Love, one tree at a time! Thanks to TreePhilly, a program of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank, property owners can join the movement by picking up a free tree to plant in their yard this spring. Register online or over the phone (215-683-0217) and choose between a variety of trees, including fruit trees! Free mulch and demonstrations on tree planting and care will be available at each event.

Learn more about the TreePhilly Spring 2016 Yard Tree Giveaways
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Winter Storm Jonas Cleanup
Jan 25, 2016
While Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is hard at work clearing snow from our parks, recreation centers and playgrounds, removing snowfall of this magnitude is a major undertaking for the department. To start, we have prioritized removal at PPR sites that serve older adults and/or are located near schools. We appreciate your patience while the hardworking men and women of PPR continue to plow and shovel our properties.

Please continue to submit snow removal requests through 311:
  • Phone: Dial 3-1-1 or for those with VOiP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and for calls from outside of Philadelphia dial 215-686-8686. The Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm excluding City holidays. 
  • Website: Submit a request online at http://www.phila.gov/311/form/. 
  • Mobile Application: Download the free Philly 311 mobile app from the app store via a smart device (phone, tablet, etc.). 
  • Social Media: Ask a question or submit a request using Facebook or Twitter
  • Email: Send inquiries or requests to Philly311@phila.gov. 
  • Walk-in Center: The Philly 311 Walk-in Center (City Hall Room 167) is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm excluding City holidays. 
After submitting a request for service, you will be provided with a reference number to track the status of your request at your convenience by calling the Call Center, or visiting the Philly 311 website or mobile app.
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Community Tree Giveaway Grants Are Open!
Jan 19, 2016
We are now accepting applications for the TreePhilly Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grants! Through this program, we provide small grants to local community groups so they can host their own yard tree giveaways each spring and fall. We do what we do best – provide the trees, mulch, and education – and community groups do what they do best – connect with constituents to improve their neighborhoods. This season, we are offering five grants worth 50 or 100 trees, plus $500 upon completion of the event to community groups and local businesses to host yard tree giveaways in their neighborhoods. Tree giveaway events must be held in Philadelphia, and trees must also be planted in Philadelphia on private property (not in the sidewalk or in containers).

The application deadline is Friday, February 12. Download the Community Tree Giveaway Grants application (PDF)
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2016 Mummers Results
Jan 01, 2016
Check out the results (pdf) from the 2016 Mummers Parade.
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January 2016 Newsletter
Dec 17, 2015
Lowering of Weight Limit for the Falls Bridge over the Schuylkill River
Dec 09, 2015
On November 23, Streets Commissioner David J. Perri announced that the weight limit for the Falls Bridge over the Schuylkill River is being reduced from 5 tons to 3 tons in response to the need for deck repairs. The necessary repair work will occur over the winter months. Any necessary traffic detours will be announced prior to commencing the work.
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Scheduled Maintenance Work on Lincoln Drive on December 12
Dec 09, 2015
Lincoln Drive, between Wissahickon Avenue and Ridge Avenue / Kelly Drive, will be closed temporarily on Saturday, December 12th. The following temporary full-closure is scheduled to be in effect from approximately 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday:
  • Southbound Lincoln Drive traffic will be blocked at Wissahickon Drive. A marked detour will carry traffic to the end of Lincoln Drive at Ridge Avenue, by way of Walnut Lane.
  • Northbound traffic will be blocked at all entrances to the south end of Lincoln Drive. No detour is provided for northbound traffic, due to the numerous entrances. Walnut Lane or Schoolhouse Lane are suggested detours.
  • Due to the volume of workers and equipment, pedestrian and bicycle traffic are also prohibited during this closure.

The temporary closure will allow City employees from a number of Departments to safely work along this winding stretch of road. Projects include, but are not limited to; guide rail repairs, inlet cleaning, pothole repairs, tree cutting/pruning, and other maintenance work to the roadway and adjacent facilities. This work has been scheduled for weekend hours in order to expedite repairs and minimize disruption to motorists, and provide the safest work environment for employees. Police Department assistance will be on site to help maintain a safe traffic flow in the area.

All work will be completed and traffic will be restored by 5:00 PM. For the duration of the work, Streets Department crews will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to affected drivers, residents, and businesses. The Streets Department thanks citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project.
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December 2015 Newsletter
Nov 19, 2015
JFK Plaza/LOVE Park Redesign
Oct 28, 2015
Download the slideshow presentation (PDF, 88MB) from the final public meeting regarding the redesign of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park on October 26, 2015
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