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December 25 Closure Notice
Dec 15, 2017
All City of Philadelphia offices will be closed and City services curtailed on Monday, December 25, in recognition of the Christmas holiday. These closures include PPR's recreation, environmental, and older adult centers.
December 2017 Newsletter
Nov 30, 2017
Maintenance Work on Bells Mill Road
Nov 22, 2017
On Saturday, November 25 from 7 am to 6 pm Bells Mill Road, between Henry Avenue and Germantown Avenue, will be closed. The temporary closure will allow Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) maintenance staff to perform perimeter clearance work on Bells Mill Road.
The public is encouraged to detour to Harts Lane then to Church Road onto Park Avenue through Andorra Road to Northwestern Avenue and then make a right onto Germantown Avenue.
All work should be completed and traffic should be restored by 6 pm. For the duration of the work, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to affected drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, residents, and businesses.

PPR thanks residents and visitors in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project. 
November 2017 Newsletter
Oct 19, 2017
THE GLOW: A Jack O'Lantern Experience comes to life in West Fairmount Park October 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Set to open October 6 and run during weekends throughout the month, THE GLOW promises a family-friendly, immersive Halloween stroll along a trail illuminated by more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns. This Halloween happening will delight visitors as they are surrounded by thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins dangling from above and along the third mile walk.

Upon opening on October 6, THE GLOW will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October. Tickets start at just $16, and are on sale now at Advanced tickets are required.

Stay up to date by joining Jack's Club at or by visiting THE GLOW: A Jack O'Lantern Experience on Facebook.
McMichael Park Nature Play Space Design Concept
Jul 27, 2017
On July 17, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and Councilman Curtis Jones, along with Salt Design Studio, presented the final design concept of the McMichael Park Nature Play Space.
Rocky Statue Access
May 26, 2017
Beginning May 30, the immediate area surrounding the Rocky statue (located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to the right of the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps) will be closed to the public for two weeks so that site improvements can be made.

During this time, residents and visitors will not be able to access the statue for photographs. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation thanks residents and visitors for their patience and cooperation during this improvement project.
Tree Removal Along Parkside Avenue
May 12, 2017
We’re excited to share that Phase I of Centennial Commons is underway! A partnership between Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this project will bring a new recreation and play space to the Parkside Avenue edge of West Fairmount Park.

In this first phase, 68 newly planted shade trees will replace 40 existing trees that were found to be hazards due to disease, rot, and decline. Other new additions will include safer pedestrian facilities, streetscape enhancements, seating areas, and hundreds of ornamental plantings. For more information and construction
updates, check out the Fairmount Park Conservancy website.
Boathouse Row Lights
Mar 10, 2017
Have you ever wondered why the lights on Boathouse Row are a certain color? We're here to help! Below please find a list of upcoming lighting themes.
  • December 6: Red and white for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House anniversary
  • December 12-19: Houses lit each night to signify the candles in a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah
  • December 20-25: Holiday show with houses lit in red, green, gold, and silver and an animated five-minute show at the top of each hour
  • December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa show with the houses being lit each night to signify the candles in a kinara
Philadelphia Activities Fund Now Accepting Applications!
Feb 27, 2017
From Wednesday, March 1 through Monday, May 1, the Philadelphia Activities Fund will be accepting applications electronically or on paper.

2017 Philadelphia Activities Fund Application (PDF)

Please email to submit your application electronically or to ask any questions.