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Featured PPR Running Trails
Sep 27, 2016
To celebrate the start of fall and all that the City’s parks have to offer for trail lovers, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is highlighting a few of the running trails within our parks.

View a list of PPR running trails.
Kelly Drive Stormwater Management Construction Project/Trail Alert
Aug 30, 2016
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Philadelphia Water, recently began construction on several stormwater management devices along Kelly Drive between the roadway and the Schuylkill River Trail/Kelly Drive Recreation Path.

The area of construction is between the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse (north) and the Judge’s Reviewing Stand Parking Lot (south)—all along Kelly Drive. During construction, the City’s contractor, JPC, will be required to close the trail during periodic times. Trail users are directed to use the gravel path that runs parallel to the paved trail.

The completed project will manage stormwater from Kelly Drive through a series of green stormwater infrastructure devices. This will enhance the park area and reduce sediment flow into the Schuylkill. New trees will be planted and a new, ADA accessible picnic area near the southern parking lot will be constructed. Any impacts to the trail will be addressed by the end of construction. Trail conditions will improve as edge of trail that has eroded will be restored, and the gravel trail will be enhanced for detour by placement of additional stone fines/gravel.

The projected schedule for completion is the end of November 2016.

View a map of the affected area (PDF)
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.
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).
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
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
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
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 
  • 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 
  • 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.
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)