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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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November 2015 Newsletter
Oct 22, 2015
Public Meeting: Lorimer Fox Chase Trail
Oct 21, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
St. Cecilia’s School auditorium (525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111)

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, City Planning Commission, and Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities will have staff available to discuss and answer questions about extending the Pennypack Trail on the unused SEPTA railroad tracks from where the trail ends in Rockledge Borough, to Rhawn Street. The trail will connect with Fox Chase SEPTA station.

For more information please contact: David Kanthor, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, at 215-683-4643
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Emerald Ash Borer Suppression Update
Oct 14, 2015
The EAB Suppression Team comprised of PPR staff and four trained interns have completed treating approximately 1,200 of the finest ash trees located throughout the City parks system. Learn more about the team's work to protect trees from the Emerald Ash Borer.
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October 2015 Newsletter
Sep 23, 2015
September 2015 Newsletter
Aug 27, 2015
Recent Storm Damage/Tree Requests
Jul 09, 2015
Following three severe wind and rainstorms within the span of ten days, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation received more than 600 tree emergency requests for fallen neighborhood street trees. In addition to fallen and/or damaged street trees, another 300 trees and limbs fell in PPR parks and recreation centers.

Download a storm damage report (PDF) to learn how PPR is prioritizing and managing this surge of downed and damaged trees, and how to report tree damage in Philadelphia.
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“Grant Backs Revitalization of Philly"
Jun 16, 2015
2014 Magic Carpet Theme at The Oval Recognized by Public Art Network Year in Review
Jun 12, 2015
Chosen from more than 300 submissions, Candy Coated’s Magic Carpet at The Oval (commissioned by the Association for Public Art) was named one of 31 outstanding public art projects created in 2014, through the Public Art Network Year in Review program.

Read more about this recognition
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