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  • Enjoy the fall weather while exploring a new section of Wissahickon Valley Park! Read tips and directions from our expert staff members. [...]
  • Nestled within a quiet, forested section of West Fairmount Park is Greenland Nursery — a 12.5-acre working nursery operated by PPR. About 10,000 plants are grown at the nursery each year. [...]
  • This fall, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is partnering with Roots2Rise to bring yoga programming to nine recreation centers throughout Philadelphia.  [...]
  • PPR staff, volunteer Friends Groups and partners have planned lots of holiday celebrations, tours, musical and theater performances, seasonal markets, greens sales and more this holiday season!  [...]
  • Our five ice rinks are open to the public seven days a week. Programs include ice hockey, ice skating and skating lessons. Visit one today! [...]

Parks and Recreation

Programs and Activities

Camps, Baseball Leagues, and Older Adult Services are just a few of our wonderful offerings.

Places to Go

Philadelphia is filled with places to go from parks and trails to sculptures and places to eat. We have all of the ideas you need for a fun filled day.

Get Involved

The people who make our Department work every day have the privilege of being stewards of the City’s environmental, cultural and historical assets. We ask that you Get Involved in your own way. Here is an overview of some of the ways that you can.


The mission of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation focuses on preserving and enhancing existing green spaces while also expanding the amount of green, public space available in the City.


PPR is proud to provide historical services, facilities and other assets to the public everyday throughout our park system.

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What's New

  • Schuylkill River Wall Reconstruction Detours
  • How to Report a Tree Emergency
  • Dog Regulations and Best Practices
  • December 2016 Newsletter
  • Featured PPR Running Trails
  • Kelly Drive Stormwater Management Construction Project/Trail Alert
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway Streetscape Improvements
  • 100% Smoke-Free Parks and Rec Centers